oak leaf spoons after solder ready for picketing

Making Oak Leaf Spoons

annealing copper sheet_making oak leaf spoons
cutting oak leaf stencil out of copper sheet for oak leaf spoon
oak leaf spoons after solder ready for picketing

When making the Oak Leaf Spoons, I like to make a few at a time.  I begin by annealing some copper sheet to punch out circles for the spoon bowl.  The bowls are then sanded and formed and put to the side until final soldering.

The handle of the spoon takes the most time.  A leaf is traces onto a sheet of thick copper, then sawing begins.  Hand sawing is a slow process, when you incorporate curves and other details, it becomes even slower, so I usually put on some instrumental music to enjoy while cutting.

Once the leaf is sawn, the edges are sanded to remove any saw marks, another slow process.  Getting into those tiny curves can be tricky - lots of small files are helpful for getting into those spaces.

The handle is soldered to the bowl once the edges are smooth.  After soldering the veins of the leaf are drawn on and hand sawn.   Because the veins are intuitively drawn on each spoon has its personal character.  After sawing texturing, final detailing and dark patina are applied.

The finish result, a beautiful little sculpture.

leaf sugar spoon in sugar sand and bell jar

Oak Leaf Spoon and Morning Coffee

The Copper Oak Leaf Sugar Spoon began as an homage to a road trip my husband and I took through Oregon in 2016.   We'd driven from Long Beach to Bend, from Bend to Portland and from Portland down the Oregon Coast and back to Long Beach.  I collected objects throughout our travels (pebbles, driftwood and leaves) with the intention of creating keepsakes to remind me of our winter trip.

A few days after we'd gotten back to Long Beach,  I went into my studio and begin thinking of things to make with my Oregon mementos.  It wasn't long before I found myself tracing one of the leaves on a sheet of copper; cutting, sanding and forming, ending with a little spoon.

Till this day that little spoon, that I made on as a playful doodle, has been part of my morning coffee, which are usually shared with my husband, sipping double espressos with cream and nibbling on some sort of pastry.

leaf sugar spoon and rainy December mornings
leaf sugar spoon close-up
leaf sugar spoon in sugar sand and bell jar

My Oak Leaf spoon is my sugar spoon lives on my kitchen counter on top a plater with my coffee making paraphernalia It sits in a clear glass dish with a bell lid filled with sugar, looking like a little sculpture standing in sweet sand; it.  When guest come over and request sugar for their coffee or tea, I love to catch the pleasantly surprised look on their faces when I point them to the sugar.

When I decided to sell the Oak Leaf Spoons,  I knew I wanted the user to feel special every time they used it.   I see the spoon as a functional sculpture that is to be viewed everyday and to be part of everyday life.  So it is paired with the same "barely there" glass dish and bell jar as I have in my home.

I enjoy my morning coffee ritual, and even more I enjoy when I can visually appreciate all of the little things that are a part of that process.  Hopefully this little spoon will make the everyday moments, like sipping coffee and taking in the morning before the day begins, a bit more special for others, too.

 

Thanks or reading,

cv

Custom 6 inch Copper Twig Spoons

About a week ago I received an email from a lovely woman, named Amie asking about my copper twig sugar spoons.  She was interested in a custom set of twig spoons but wanted them to be 2 1/2 times the size of the sugar spoons - 6 inches to be exact.

This was the largest set of twigs spoons that I've made yet and offered me a bit of challenge.  When I finished Amies spoons I loved how sturdy they felt in my hands and how beautiful they looked from all angles.  I particularly like the texture of the handle, that will always be my favorite part of the twig spoons.  With the black patina brushed back a bit to let some of the copper show though, you can really see all of the organic details of the twigs.

Not long after I shipped these twig spoons out to Amie, did I receive this lovely email.

"Charmaine,
Your beautiful spoons arrived today.   They are even more beautiful than the images.   Oh my!!   I love love love them and promise to cherish them always!
Thank you thank you thank you!
Amie"

 

Thanks for reading

cv

Impromptu Espresso Spoons

This morning I met up with ceramic artist and friend Samantha Brown, to chat a bit over coffee and to pick up 2 espresso cups she had made for me.  When I got them home; I immediately took them out of their wrapping and held them for a bit.  The weight and feel of these cups, in my hand, had me thinking of future Sunday morning espressos.  I was so moved by that image; I decided to make some impromptu espresso spoons to compliment my new wears.

What I love about Samanthas work is the spontaneity and primitive feel.  When I started on the espresso spoons I knew that I wanted to utilize her signature line-work that she hand draws onto each piece.  And I wanted to speak to the tactile texture of the clay that she uses.  

I began with the spoon handles; I hammered them until I achieved a texture that resemble the unglazed areas of the espresso cups.  Then I gave the handles an organic like form by adding slight bends and curves to the metal.  This, to me, resembles the thin white lines on the glaze. 

For the bowl of the spoon I went with an oval shape - I usually go with round as I am drawn to circles, but oval seemed fitting.  I felt the bowl should have an almost floating feel to it; so I soldered the handle underneath the bowl and kept the form minimal and light.  Adding my voice on these spoons; I applied a light scratch texture on the bowl with a bright burnished edge. 

As many of you know, I enjoy making spoons and this was such lovely project to work on.  And I felt it proper to finish this good day with some espresso and cream, sipped slowly from my new cups.

Silver Sugar Spoon with Wood Bowl

I made this sterling silver sugar spoon with wood bowl last year.  The texture was hammered into the handle of the spoon and resembles woodgrain.  The soft milky white finish on the bowl of the spoon was achieved by raising the fine silver -  silversmithing process that I've been involve with for some time.  I love the contrast of the white fine silver paired with the polished edges and the texture.  I wanted to give the spoon a modern and natural feel using subtle yet contrasting details.  Adding the wood bowl seemed to be the perfect accessory!

March “Meet the Maker”: FAVORITE TO MAKE

Spoons are currently my favorite to make

Favorite To Make:

I love complicated pieces - objects that make me think…and possibly drink!  Spoons are currently "my favorite to make".   Making spoons requires strategic thought - not only about design but function - that can be challenging.  My jewelry also blesses me with challenges, often! There are a number of unfinished pieces on my bench begging to be figured out!

Pictured Top:  Sterling Silver Coffee Scoop,  2017

Pictured Bottom: Sterling Silver Tea Scoop, Sterling Silver and 14k Gold Tea Scoop, Sterling Silver Salt/Pepper Spoon Set, Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, 2017

One-of-a-Kind Twig Sugar+ Salt Spoons

I created these one-of-a-kind twig sugar + salt spoons late last year as a fun doodle to get my creative juices flowing.  I tend to collect things on my morning walks with my dog and I store my findings in various boxes in my studio.  At the time I was playing around with spoons - making some in leaf forms and others were sculptural and minimal.  I decided to cast the twigs in copper with the intention turning them into spoon handles...eventually.  I say eventually because those copper twigs sat on my bench, untouched, for a quite a while.  But, I finally got around to turning them into the spoons they longed to be.  And when I was done, I noticed that they formed into something more beautiful than I had originally imagined.    

I wish I would have taken a photo of the raw castings of the twigs, before I filed and sanded and shaped and soldered them.  But none-the-less, they came out so lovely.  Although they do step in a different direction from my current eastetic, these one-of-a-kind spoons are, to me, some of the most interesting objects I've made on a whim.