Inspired by the Delicate Qualities in Nature – Silver Spoons by Helena Emmans
Most of the metalwork that we stock in the shop has a functional tone to it, so when it comes to the blog I like to highlight work that’s more sculptural or artistic. I think it gives a nice balance to the site, as well as inspiring others to challenge the idea of functional design and toe the line between creativity and craftsmanship.
Silversmith and artist Helena Emmans is one of those makers, so I decided to highlight a selection of her silver spoons that are wonderfully crafted. Taking a functional object, and quite a personal one at that, and turning it in to a piece of sculptural beauty. It’s obvious to see the craftsmanship in these works, but ironically the beauty in my eyes comes from the imperfections and subtle nuances applied to the surface of the spoon. Not being symmetrical, with the handles ebbing and flowing, it breathes life in to the static and solid forms.
Interestingly, Helena says that all her spoons are inspired by the landscape around her, hence the photos here which blend her work with the beautiful ever changing light on the Isle of Skye in Scotland where she lives. Sun bleached pebbles by the shoreline, gentle swaying grasses in the wind, simple buds, dandelion spores and stone erosion all influence her silver work. Overall I’m fixated by the details and urge you to view her website where you’ll be able to see more work like this. Enjoy.