Alongside cooking, pewter is one of my passions. Throughout the first leg of my Baking Blind world tour (https://youtu.be/peNM8VqWjgE), I gave special hand-made “medals” to everyone who cooked with me. I tried to capture my trademark stripey apron with a pocketful of kitchen utensils in the original model. Once I’d created the rubber mould, molten pewter was poured in. It took hours of filing, trimming and finishing before each medal could be polished and struck with my personal mark. There are just 41 in the whole world.
I’m lucky enough to be helped by outstanding pewter Master Craftswoman Fleur (http://www.fleurgrenier.co.uk/) in her workshop in Angmering. Not only does she create amazing works of art but she shares her skills with beginners like me.
For this Christmas, I wanted to make a trio of seasonal little bowls for nibbles: each flat disc was repeatedly etched with images of snowflakes, holly or mistletoe before I beat them in to shape. And I managed to complete the second of my dragon bowls.
Fleur wisely doesn’t let me near the molten metal or the electrically charged etching tank but, otherwise, I can do nearly everything else myself. It is all a matter of touch so not being able to see matters less.
This week’s video is a record of the key moments in San Francisco, Costa rica and Virginia Beach – my travels had taken me to both south and North America with China, Australia and Africa next.