One Good Tern (Mortar and Pestle With Strainer) by Clive and Tina Bullivant
2011 - 2012, Bronze A' Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Award Winner
Inspired by the study of natural forms in this case sea birds.
The unique design of this mortar and pestle is intended to be a focal point on any kitchen work surface. It incorporates the use of coloured silicone to form safe grips on the stoneware components whilst bringing colour to an otherwise plain object making the product an eye catching feature of the kitchen when not in use. It adapts to fulfil its primary function of grinding ingredients but the lid reverses to fit securely over the mortar bowl transforming to a strainer allowing liquids such as lemon juice to be added when making pastes.
The main challenges in this project were firstly to design something with sufficient visual interest that could be made in materials with the robust performance needed for the practical application. Secondly the ergonomic challenge was to establish optimum sizes and to confirm that moving to an oval body would not compromise the grinding action. Lastly the material challenge to select a material suitable for casting a complex form that would withstand the impact and stresses of prolonged use.
A slip cast glazed stoneware ceramic body allowing easy batch production. The body is fired to a high temperature to ensure robust qualities and impervious surfaces. A soft touch silicone sleeve is attached to the pestle and applied to the protruding head section of the lid to aid grip and add colour.
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