Contrary to mass production, the Newlyn Kettle is made entirely by hand from a sheet of copper. I decided to design the kettle using features that reflect the style of the Newlyn Industrial Class in a more contemporary way. The following is a journey of my experimentation and making process at multiple locations including The Copper Works Newlyn, 3D Make + Jewellery workshops at Central Saint Martins and the seaside at Botany Bay and Newlyn.
CRAFT We have always perceived craft as a static entity. It never interacts with technology or electrical goods, which have become the norm in today’s world. My effort with this project is to bridge the gap between traditional craft and industrial production so that we, as consumers can realise the true value of the objects we use everyday.
WORKING WITH NATURE “The craftsman’s consciousness of materials appears in the long history of making, a history that shows the way anonymous workers can leave traces of themselves in inanimate things.” - The craftsman, Richard Sennett Reflecting on the above quote, in order to imagine a more equal, symbiotic world, it is important that we give agency to the natural forces to contribute to the making process. When we, as humans, stop separating ourselves from our environment, we will start having empathy towards our own ecosystem. The movement of sand and seawater on copper in the presence of sunlight produces the iridescent patina. In this way, the nature of Newlyn leaves a mark on the kettle, evoking a sense of place long after it was made.
“Through their explorations of different natural materials, these designers remind us that we too belong to nature … “… and that both time and nature are critical ingredients in the creation of meaningful objects” - Anne Bony, The Design Edit (Materiality and Poetry)