Making flatware

So I am thinking of being a maker of flatware. All of the rules that used to tell you how many courses and what you would be served at the dinner.  I guess I love secret signs that you have to  figure out. My goal is not  to re-invent but to play with something that we use everyday (you tell me when a day has gone by when you didn’t use a spoon).

Place setting from Shrek 2
Place setting from Shrek 2

Making Spoons

Beautiful hammered spoons by Yumi Nakamura
Beautiful hammered spoons by Yumi Nakamura

The Spoon, from the Anglo-Saxon term spon, meaning ”to chip” or “wood chip” was the first eating utensil. The spoon is the safest, most comfortable member of the cutlery set. It is the easiest implement to use – babies start with spoons- and the one with the most versatility, which is the reason why its employment is constantly being restricted (earlier eating habits used them as knives and often in cases where we use forks today)


“Unloaded” show on guns and our culture – Northern Ill Universtiy

This show is at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum.  It closes 10/24

A nationally-traveling multi-media group exhibition examining the historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use and impact of guns in our lives from a number of perspectives, though none endorse them as a means to an end. Curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University.

Works by over 20 artists examine and represent the role that guns play in our national mythologies, suicide rates, incidence of individual and mass murder, cases of domestic violence, and the militarization of civilian life. Gun ownership and control is a divisive topic in this country. The artists in Unloaded visualize the power of the gun as icon and instrument, the damage it can do and how weapons might be rejected, broken or silenced. Some show the power that guns wield in our daily realities and personal fantasies. Others mourn and resist that power, doing everything they can to take it away, believing there are better ways to resolve conflicts, ensure safety, and keep the peace.

Shimoyama  Piper  Chin


Thoughts on Gold

Why do we love precious metals? 58% of gold found in the world is used in jewelry. Some thoughts…these metals have a remarkable resistance to attack by the environment which is why they are also called the “noble metals”. Gold and silver were widely available around the world found in alluvial deposits and could be manipulated into wearable objects becoming a symbol of wealth. Eventually these elements assumed a monetary role.  It is difficult not to be attracted to this beautiful material.
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