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Amber Stephen
Round Pouring Vessel
Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Amber Stephen
Round Pouring Vessel

Combining intimate areas of the body with food is a disgusting idea. Amber Stephen’s graduate collection of tableware is composed of familiar, intimate, bodily forms, intended to evoke revulsion and disgust in the context of food. The Round Pouring Vessel has the image of a belly button etched into the top face. At the centre is a hole to insert the liquid or condiment of choice and at the front is the opening to pour from. In order to pour the liquid into the vessel, it has to be poured over the nipple form at the very centre. The reaction of disgust can have a huge influence on social behaviour which can be harnessed to positively modify behaviour and help to form new ways of thinking about food and food choices. A mindful dining experience for the user might implore them to confront their own relationship with food and the unsustainability of contemporary eating habits.

Stephen’s critical and investigative approach to her work and experimentation with a plethora of materials, not just metals, has seen her work exhibited in a variety of galleries as she creates beautiful objects which contribute to creating a more sustainable way of living.

Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Round Pouring Vessel
Silver plated copper and bronze
Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Bone Belly Spoon
Silver plated bronze
Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Bone Belly Spoon
Detail
Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Nipple Ring
2020 Bronze, gilding metal, brass wire
Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Ovoid Pouring Vessel
Silver plated copper and bronze
Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Ovoid Pouring Vessel
In use
Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Skin Fold Scoop
Silver plated bronze
Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Skin Fold Scoop
View of back
Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Skin Fold Scoop
In context
Image of Amber Stephen's graduate tableware collection
Skin Fold Scoop
Detail