Sunday, March 9, 2014

Shiny - bowls for ladles

I need to supply another stash of small-medium handmade ladles to Maleny Additions. The process always starts with making small bowls - most are shallow; but ones for sauces and chocolate are smaller and deeper. The widest bowl in diameter is about 9cm; and the smallest is about 2.5cm.

©2014 Barry Smith - Hammer textured back of shallow ladle bowls
Often I cut a stash of bowl bits as part of a metal cutting morning. All the ladles are made from recycled metal - in the main silver plated EPNS or copper.

©2014 Barry Smith - Bowls - cut and partially formed.
Then the bowls are given up to four more rounds of hammering (with wood mallets and iron hammers) - both inside and out. The final hammering on the outside gives the textured, patterned or faceted look.

©2014 Barry Smith - Ladle bowls - hammered and ready; and metal for handles.
©2014 Barry Smith - Ladle bowls - hammered and ready; and metal for handles.
And the after grinding the edges, the bowls are given a couple polishes inside and out.

©2014 Barry Smith - Ladle bowls looking shiny
©2014 Barry Smith - Shiny ladle bowls back on the assembly bench
They now rest on the bench awaiting handles to be made and then riveted to the bowls - but that is for another time in the garage-studio.


  1. It's inspiring to see the raw, unpolished, unfinished objects magically transformed into new objets d'art. Amazing contrasts to please my artist soul.

  2. Such a transformation to shiny. and, I know I've said this before, but for some reason, I always read ladles as "ladies"... it always makes for a good chuckle with I think the post title is Shiny - bowls for ladies or that you are making all the "ladies" from recycled metal. I'm not sure what the heck has happened to me that I always read it this way, but at least I go away laughing AND with some good art inspiration to boot!

  3. I like this exhibition, works very interested! Cute Pic

  4. I like this exhibition, works very interested! Cute Pic!


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