Dick Litton Holt

Designer Maker

Thistle pots

Raising is a process of forming metal through a cycle of annealing (heating), quenching (cooling), pickling (removing oxides) and hammering against shaped stakes.  To cause the metal to move as one chooses, through select application of force is immensely satisfying.  It is fascinating that this material ca be manipulated in this way.  Physically one can understand that the molecules within the metal are given space to move through the application of heat and caused to do so when pressed between hammer and stake. The resultant change in shape, however, defies any kind of logic as the form stretches and contracts in ways that seem impossible.