The R Blackinton Co. in North Attleboro, MA in 1916. This is the tool and die room of the factory.
The R Blackinton Co. in the rolling mill department circa 1916.
Susanne & Bill Juaire photographed by David Rinella in the Whisper Studio.
Bill Juaire's Whisper Edition: Copper Bowl Set in 5" & 10" diameters. Comes hand stamped and numbered.
William Juaire, of New England Copperworks, spun his first piece in the 10th grade- an aluminum cup in metals class. Little did young Juaire know that when he grew up he would have the prestige of spinning the Kentucky Derby Trophy. Something he has been making year after year for the last 25 years. His story is one of a hard work, perseverance, apprenticeships, and a certain gift that can not be taught- being able to feel the shape before the metal is even spun. Not everyone, even the most well taught professionals, have the innate ability to spin fine metal works.
Alongside him, his better half, Susanne Blackinton-Juaire comes from a long lineage of silver smithing royalty that stems back over 150 years. Susanne’s great great grandfather, Roswell Blackinton, founded R Blackinton Company- a full silver house that not only did spinning, and manufacturing, but also started at the beginning of the process by making silver from scratch. R Blackinton was sold in the 60s and subsequently Susannne’s father founded New England Sterling which did commissions, for among others, Tiffanys.
Metal spinning is a dying trade with few talented professionals still able to carry on the traditional processes. Master spinners are far and few between in this day and age. The Juaire’s are proud to be a part of keeping these art forms and traditions alive- in the same way that Susanne’s great great Grandfather did in 1862. Shop the timeless edition here.