Back to DINING

Samantha Sweet Culture Clash

As a glassmaker, Sam Sweet is constantly questioning the value of handmade craft. Technology moves on, leaving even mass produced glass redundant. This has inspired her to remake shapes using traditional cut crystal techniques. The end results are beautiful reminders about the value of individuality. Each piece is handblown and hand cut in crystal glass.

Portrait_sam_workingportrait The bottles are handblown an hand cut in the UK. Once blown each object is annealed to remove stresses in the glass before a design can be cut into the surface. The cutting wheels leave a matt finisch which has to be polished to create the shiny prisms of the finished items. At the end of the making process thea are all individually signed.

Samantha Sweet studied at Pilchuck Glass School and at the Royal College of Art in London. A residency at the Broadfiled House Glass Museum enabled her to look closely at the work of past masters. She often refers back to these masterpieces and to the wealth of skills necessary to make them. Thats why Sam combines modern design to sophisticated craftmanship creating beauiful reminders of the value of individuality.