Product Design students shortlisted for prestigious Pewter Awards
Date: 30th Apr 2018
A selection of pieces by second-year BA (Hons) Product Design students are on display at The Worshipful Company of Pewterers at Pewterer's Hall in London as part of the 30th anniversary Pewter Live competition.
Work by six talented students has joined other shortlisted work at Pewter’s Hall in Oat Lane, London, ahead of the awards event on 23 May, which will be presented by HRH Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy.
Joshua Broadhurst and Callum Skinner are shortlisted in the Open category and George Folkard; Thistle Martin; Aaron Mitchell; and Sean West are shortlisted in the Decorative category.
Dr Lyndon Buck, Principal Lecturer in Product Design, said: “Bucks New University has a long history of entering and winning Pewter Live over the last 30 years and last year Product Design students scooped first and second prize in the student category.
“We are once again delighted by the quality of work produced by the students in our workshops at Bucks and we hope that people can go and see the work on display in the beautiful Pewterer’s Hall.”
The work is:
Aaron Mitchell – Pewter/walnut. A 16GB USB memory stick combining pewter, walnut and a magnetic closure. Depending on user needs, each half can be used for different purposes to prevent the mixing of work and personal life. Files and memories can be stored together in one product yet kept on different halves.
Joshua Broadhurst – Constellation. Joshua’s mahogany plaque with pewter inlay is a star constellation of Burnley on his date of birth of 25 January 1998. It is intended as a celebratory gift to a loved one and was made using a milling machine with rotary base from a detailed computer-aided drafting (CAD) drawing, inlaid with pewter and hand polished.
George Folkard – Pewter Paperweight. A Guggenheim Museum-inspired paperweight. Pewter is poured into grooves in the wood leaving a contrasting textured spine demonstrating the novel manufacturing process. Different sized pewter bands highlight the impression at the bottom of the piece, hinting at its weight.
Thistle Martin – Tea Strainer. This tea strainer is decorated with two concentric lines, evoking patterns used in pewter by Thistle’s 18th century American ancestors. Thomas Danforth started producing pewter in Connecticut in 1733 and his family produced fine flatware and tankards for several generations. The edge is carefully melted to highlight the material’s properties.
Sean West – tessellating snowflake coasters. These tessellating coasters are made from 6mm thick Corian, which are developed using a computer numerical control (CNC) machine with molten pewter poured into the groove and hand polished. The technical challenge is that the melting point of the pewter and the Corian are very similar so the Corian had to be heated to allow the pewter to flow.
Callum Skinner – Celebration ID bracelet. A pewter and leather bracelet designed as a piece of male jewellery to mark a celebration. There is a barcode engraved into the back of each piece which when scanned with a smartphone displays a celebratory message, ID tag or medical information.
Dr Buck thanked Bucks New University staff Dominic Jones, Brian Siarey and Candace Pearce, Enrico Garofalo, and Grant Forsyth for their support for the project.
Pictures by Harrison Boileau and Enrico Garofalo.