Ella McIntosh | Manchester
As a traditionally trained Silversmith, studying at Buckinghamshire University, I could describe being introduced to Pewter during my second year as love at first hammer. So malleable! So versatile! So misunderstood!
The love affair has continued over the five-year journey of THIS IS PEWTER. Every day I enjoy hammering, soldering and bashing in my little studio at Manchester Craft and Design Studio. Using techniques which have been passed down throughout generations of makers I enjoy a sense of history, of connection with previous makers of years ago. This mix of 'old' combined with stripped back, embellishment-free contemporary design excites me every day.
I often take inspiration from everyday landscapes which involve contrast in materials, scaffolding around a modern building, tangled fishing nets on the harbour, cracked pottery, rusty nails in a fencepost. My own likes also feed into my work such as my condiment spoons which answered a frustration of not inheriting my Mothers chutney making genes.
When not Pewtering, I can be found exploring galleries, cycling in the sunshine (or Manchester rain!), making soup and borrowing Barry the dog for walks.