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March 26, 2015

 

Ann Spoons

Ann Ladson Stafford trained as a pastry chef. Then she turned to jewelry. Now the South Carolina metalsmith applies her skills to sculptural table and home goods.

The founder: A Charleston native, she studied pastry at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Calif., and worked in several Charleston-area restaurants. Later, she took metalwork classes at Penland School of Crafts (NC), plus the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Appalachian Center for Craft, both in Tennessee. She works out of her home studio in Charleston.

The goods: Contemporary-styled utensils, small bowls and candlesticks, though she started out making jewelry – and still does for weddings and other special occasions.

Materials: Brass, copper, gold and silver

What’s popular: Spoons. The four-inch baby spoons ($100 and up?), finishing spoons ($65 and up) and a tasting or soup spoon ($225 and up).

Big break: A runner-up in the home category in Garden & Gun magazine’s Fifth Annual “Made In the South” awards.

What’s new: Wall hooks ($30 to $80) and drawer pulls ($30). Curtain rod hardware is in the works.

Where to buy: www.annladson.com

 

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