Butcher, baker, designer, maker

After being named New Designer of the Year at Part One of last year’s New Designers show, Joseph Hartley is showcasing his work at Manchester Craft and Design Centre and revealing an unusual influence – bread.

Joseph Hartley
Joseph Hartley

Hartley graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University’s 3D design course last year. His interest in baking, as well as experience working in the meat industry, has earned him the sobriquet Butcher, Baker, Designer, Maker.

And Hartley says bread is still a big influence on his work. ‘Simple ingredients can produce infinite variations on the end product by altering the ways we treat them. No more is this true than in baking bread.

The Makery, bread peel and bread sack

Source: Joseph Hartley

The Makery, bread peel and bread sack

‘I am interested in working in the same way to produce functional designs for useful products that are also made from three principal materials – wood, clay and cloth.’

Hartley’s designs include an apron that can convert into a bread sack, allowing the baker to carry his wares to customers, and a clothes peg adapted as a container seal.

Bottle with peg on lid

Source: Joseph Hartley

Bottle with peg on lid

Every Step: The Design Process of Joseph Hartley, is at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Manchester M4, from 23 March-29 June.

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