A collection of sensual eating tools
This collection of sensual eating objects creates a stage for food to be presented on and savoured from. With soft shapes crafted in ceramics, they are a tactile trigger for our senses. Not being cutlery nor plates, these tools evoke in us a more intuitive way of eating, transforming the act into a moment of full attention.
The organic shapes invite us to use the tools in our own, singular way. They become an extension of our hands and fingers, literally bringing us closer to what we eat. Contrasting with the conventional way of eating with fork, knife and plate, this family of shapes and sizes can be used in various ways to present and enjoy our food.
By stimulating the movement of picking up and bringing the objects to our mouth, I want to give more importance to the moment just before tasting. Eating in a different way and with more attention will ensure a slower ritual with more pleasure.
Taboos like slurping and licking at the table can be broken. The shapes of these eating tools ask for it to be picked up, shared, licked and slurped. This will enhance the tasting experience and the connection to our food.
Inspired by the evocative duality of shells, the soft organic shapes are modelled by hand to find the most natural feel for your hands. While the upper side is smooth, the downside is covered with a precise texture to ensure a beautiful contrast and a better grip.
Together with a small ceramic manufacturer in the Netherlands, moulds are made in which the black porcelain is casted. The objects are then produced in small series with great care. A lot of handwork and attention is required for the detailed finishing and delicate shapes. The top comes in 2 different glazes while the bottom is left unglazed, giving a mat and rougher surface.
The porcelain is fired at high temperatures, ensuring the material becomes resistant to heat and moisture as well as dishwasher safe.