Meet the maker Deborah Chapman pewtersmith and owner of Crosby + Taylor in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Inspired by her lineage of Cape Cod ship captains who sailed out of Chatham to the Far East in the 1800s, Deborah creates handcrafted, old-world, pewter, kitchen essentials like measuring cups, measuring spoons, spoon rests, stirring spoons, condiment utensils, salt pinch pots and salt and pepper trays for the home kitchen and tabletop.
Deborah’s early background consisted mainly of textiles, ceramics and woodworking. In 1986, without metalsmithing prowess, Deborah purchased a close friend’s pewter studio. Deborah says she knew instantly it was the right thing for her to do, and she was right! Before long she was so busy with orders that her husband closed his woodworking shop and joined her in her metal work.
In 2011 Deborah rebranded her pewter workshop and studio as Crosby + Taylor, after her maritime ancestors, Captain Crosby and Captain Taylor, who sailed to Indonesia, Singapore, India and Thailand.
Crosby + Taylor’s unique and original pewter designs are inspired by the treasures Deborah admired in the homes of her Bostonian grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved eyeing the treasures they had collected from their ancestors and world travels.
Her cooking prep essentials, kitchen utensils and tabletop serveware are created using her own techniques to shape and design the metal. Deborah has been creating at Crosby + Taylor for over 30 years and she says, “I still love beautiful home goods but I like to think I’m creating them here in Oregon, rather than sailing around the world to find and bring them home.”
Deborah and her husband Jim are passionate about pewter and keeping the artisan craft movement alive. Their original designs start as a sketch, a ceramic model or a wood shape and become handcrafted pewter kitchen heirlooms that stay in the family for generations to come.
If you’re looking for a wedding gift, look no further than these handcrafted items with a story to tell! Browse through Crosby + Taylor below.
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