The Apprentice Spoon and Teapot
After four years at ShackletonThomas, our ‘apprentices’ graduate to trained craftspeople. At this time, we ask them to present the company with a handmade spoon (furniture) or teapot (pottery) specially designed by its maker. This piece is intended to showcase the skills they have developed, and to express their character as a unique craftsperson. This character will continue to show in the ShackletonThomas furniture and pottery that they make. In return for the piece, the company presents them with an Apprenticeship Certificate, which certifies that the craftsperson has completed the four years’ training and can create any of the pieces in the ShackletonThomas range.
The Journeyman’s Bowl
After seven years at ShackletonThomas, each craftsperson presents the company with a personally designed and crafted bowl in wood or clay. In return, they receive a final certificate recognizing them as a master in their field. As opposed to the spoon and teapot, which are intricate and require skill and technique, the bowl is intended to showcase the expression of the artist. Upon receipt of this certificate, the craftsperson is not only highly skilled, but we believe has now learned the skills required to start their own business if they so choose.