Gobstopper by Studio Hancock


Often mistaken for a contemporary ceramic piece at first glance, this statement vessel is crafted from spun aluminium.

The striking surface finish is achieved by following the principles of industrial auto body painting. Applying multiple paint layers, and carefully polishing them back to reveal the texture of the wood grain and the unique makers marks created when the spinning tool made contact with the surface of the aluminium.

Dimensions: (Dia) 23 x (H) 57.5 cm

‘Spun Vessels’ is the result of fusing design craft and industrial manufacturing. Connecting a lifelong passion for motorcycle culture and traditional woodworking, with the aesthetic of studio ceramics and aviation engineering. The form of the vessels draws influence from aircraft design, specifically the use of timber in the construction of the ‘Mosquito’ (1940-1950) and the cowling that surrounds the jet engine of the ‘Vampire’ (1946-1979). Aircraft designed and manufactured by the British aviation firm ‘De Havilland’.

Consisting primarily of timber and aluminium, their design broke the mould for aircraft construction and successfully challenged the status quo in aeronautical design.

Production of the vessels begins with turning a wooden former by hand. Tom then works with an engineering firm that specialises in metal spinning for the aerospace industry to form aluminium into the individual vessel components.

The forces required to move the material embeds the grain texture of the former into the aluminium.