Don Sheil’s small salad serves two for dinner or four as a side dish – it is a wonderfully versatile piece that can also be used as a soup tureen , desert vessel or any other presentation your imagination desires.
Its size is a compact 225mm diameter, 85mm high and weighing 500gm. Also available in Flowering Gum, Satin, Swirl and HandRaised.
In his collection, Don Sheil introduces works of both form and function that offer a unique coalescence of material design and craftsmanship. Inspiration is drawn from the shapes, textures and patterns of nature, as in the Repose range.
Don choose the hibiscus flower in the mid 80s to experiment with, the inspiration from a spectacular shrub in the front garden. Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing about 200–220 species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world and are often noted for their showy flowers.
Repose – Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side. There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece.
While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal.
The techniques of repoussé and chasing utilise the plasticity of metal, forming shapes by degrees. There is no loss of metal in the process, as it is stretched locally and the surface remains continuous. The process is relatively slow, but a maximum of form is achieved, with one continuous surface of sheet metal of essentially the same thickness.