New contemporary crystal manufacturer J. HILL’s Standard is aiming to revive the Irish hand-cut crystal industry with a debut collection by Martino Gamper. One of two distinct launch collections, ‘Elements’ by Scholten & Baijings being the other, the ‘Cuttings’ series by Martino Gamper uses cutting to create shape and interest.
For J. HILL’s Standard Gamper worked directly with the crystal, removing the material in a manner that felt instinctive, free and pleasing. The result is a series of three distinctive cuts that appear across a family of functional tableware. “This series features strong, intuitive marks confidently hewn out of the surface of lead crystal. The process of making cuts in this instance is less about applied decoration and closer to sculpture, hence the series name.” says J. HILL’s Standard.
The tactile crystal forms feel rugged and primitive in the hand; fingers naturally seek out the smooth hollows and crisp ridges of the cuts. The Cuttings collection of glasses is easy to live with and lend themselves to many uses. The Cuttings series includes a champagne glass, a wine and beer glass and a carafe that can also be used as a vase.