Pewter is a malleable metal alloy, traditionally 85–99% tin, with the remainder consisting of copper, antimony, bismuth and sometimes, less commonly today, lead. Silver is also sometimes used. Copper and antimony act as hardeners while lead is common in the lower grades of pewter, which have a bluish tint. It has a low melting point, around 170–230 °C (338–446 °F), depending on the exact mixture of metals. The word pewter is probably a variation of the word spelter, a term for zinc alloys (originally a colloquial name for zinc)
studio job – pewter
The expressive language of Studio Job is powerful and icon-like. In the series of five pewter objects which Studio Job designed for Thomas Eyck, amongst which a candlestick, a vase and a dish, this contemporary-archaic handwriting is perfectly in harmony with the traditional technique of casting pewter. The objects are produced in The Netherlands’s oldest pewter factory. A block of pewter is melted in the factory and cast by hand in metal moulds. The pewter, originating from Indonesia, is a durable material and was used in the Middle Ages for the fabrication of tableware. The greyish coloured material does not get rusty and is suitable for daily use.
Limited edition of 150.
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RaR (Beate Reinheimer & Ulrike Rehm) translated five images by graphic designer Frits Kredel (1900) from “Das Kleine Blumenbuch” into three-dimensional work. The poppy, cornflower, Solomon's seal, March violet and coltsfoot are transformed into elongated and flat shapes and seem to defy the rules of gravity. The front and back are accurately detailed, as if they came from a herbarium. The side is no more than a thin line. All flowers have different sizes and stand on a pedestal, referring to the former tin soldiers. As battles can be imitated with these soldiers, endless field bouquets can be created with these flowers. Once again RaR manages to combine history, nature and art into magical objects.
"blumenspiel" is produced by the renowned tin foundry De Tingieterij in Alphen, the Netherlands.