The spoon story


The small spoons that I’m just finishing for the Unit Twelve Spoons exhibition have come a long way from this layered iron billet at the Bushfire Forge.


I forged the layers of the billet together and out into a rod.


and twisted it hot.


I hammered the rod down and shaped the end.


I then ground the spoons to make them the shape I wanted and to start revealing the pattern. I refined the shape of the spoons, sanded and polished them.


Last week I heat treated the spoons in my enameling kiln – hardening and tempering them.


Then more grinding, sanding and polishing to remove the oxides.


Then the magic moment in the fondue pot on the camping stove – using ferric chloride to reveal the pattern layers.


More re-used kitchen items – the tea treatment to clean the remaining oxide. A few other finishing processes and they’ll be ready to send off to Unit Twelve in Stafford.



These are some that I made earlier.

If you are nearer the Borders there are some of these spoons at the White Fox Gallery, and if you are in Fife there will be some at ENOS Open studios this October.



Create in Fife – exhibiton


The Create in Fife exhibition continues at the Lochgelly Centre. I have five pieces on display there and I popped in to visit them on Friday.


It’s a mixed exhibition with paintings, jewellery, glass, photography and prints. As well as my metalwork.



Scottish Sculpture Workshop


I finally cast the bronze spoon I promised in June. The surface texture is from the Cellardyke beach sand (where I made the sand box), but the piece was cast in Lumsden at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. It is silicon bronze, so is food safe and I filed down the rough bits so I think is functional as well as unique.


The wee shell is lead-free pewter. I hope the new owner is pleased after their long wait.


It was one of five sand boxes that I made and poured, so there will be more results to show as I work on them.

New Designers 2015

I managed to squeeze a trip to New Designers into my June residency at SSW, with help from my fellow graduate jewelers.

NDlayout1my display

We had an exciting few days, some high, much standing, and met lots of helpful people.

NDsilver silver bullion award piece sold

I sold two bronze cast spoons, one to the amazing Ute Decker and one that I have yet to even make.

spoonsetshelf.1.6 The spoon in the middle is ‘the one’

I got a lovely wee write up in “a new kid to watch”

I was approached my two online selling sites – Helen at and Marcel at Very different platforms, but obviously for the discerning!

I met three of the co-operative who own and run Fusion Gallery in the Oxo tower on the South Bank. They were taken with my display of spoons and may wish to include them in an exhibition.

weespooniii1.5 a wee pattern welded spoon

I was accepted into the Society of Designer Craftsmen, which traces its roots back to William Morris. I can sign up as a licentiate and get a mentor to help me in my next steps.

I have been invited to apply for a residency at Unit Twelve Gallery (even after telling them that I am noisy and dirty!)

beachfire_enos the mobile furnace

I had a chat with a couple of people from Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre and will be looking out for their residency call later this year.

I spoke to Goldsmiths Centre about the courses that they offer, including Starting Out; I met Georgia Powell from the Curators Department (they gave me my silver bullion award) and spoke to the Goldsmith’s Library about what resources they can offer.

Several people gave me advice including from the British Jewellers Association, and many people admired my work.

I also got to spend a few nights with my daughter.

Bronze and Damascus steel spoons


I’ve been casting spoons using my Damascus steel spoons as the models. This picture shows the spoons supported by oil-clay in a mould-box ready to have the beach-sand rammed in around them. When this mould-box is full of compressed sand it is turned over, the oil-clay is removed and a second box is rammed with green-sand. The different sands give different surface textures.


The spoons are cast in bronze. This pic is the furnace, with the tools heating up.


I’ve cleaned the castings and took some photos on the beach this morning.


These are the long-handled spoons.


This is the full set – three Damascus steel and three bronze.

Damascus long spoon


I have made a long spoon from one of the damascus steel twists (and have bought some photographic equipment so that I can get some better pics)


The spoon is shaped with an angle grinder and then filed and sanded smooth on the parts where I want to reveal the pattern. The steel is then etched to reveal the patterning, then the raised parts gently sanded to leave the contrast of the two metals.

I think it is my second favourite piece to date