Sheffield, Pewter production

So interesting to walk around a factory for the first time, particularly when the processes are familiar but the materials are different.  I recently had a look around Wentworth Pewter in Sheffield, who I am collaborating with on a new range of bowls. The processes of spinning and casting are similar to ceramic processes, even some of the equipment is the same.  The atmosphere, noise and materials differ greatly.   

Pewter is a soft metal, so the spinning and casting processes can occur under lower temperatures than that of many other metal processes.  The softness allows the material to be spun and shaped with ease and poured at manageable heat, akin to domestic cooking temperatures no where near the heat needed for firing ceramics.  

Bill Kerry's Spinning tools

Bill Kerry's Spinning tools

Bill Kerry, Spinner

Bill Kerry, Spinner

Spinning moulds

Spinning moulds

Pewter casting by Peter Holmes

Pewter casting by Peter Holmes

Tankard handle mould 

Tankard handle mould 

Pewter handles.

Pewter handles.

The Polisher.

The Polisher.

Polishing Dollies or Polishing Mops

Polishing Dollies or Polishing Mops

Polished tankards being packed by Sandra Slowe

Polished tankards being packed by Sandra Slowe

Sue Pryke2 Comments