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.
‘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.
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.