Making It / Vintage Food Grater Wall Lamp / Mike Smith

I found this old food grater at Dodge Antiques in Algoma Wis, and decided to make it come to life by making it into a kitchen wall lamp. I love bring new life and usefulness to these old items.


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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4 Responses to Making It / Vintage Food Grater Wall Lamp / Mike Smith

  1. barbaraelka says:

    that is so wacky in cooool way. How many lamps do you do a week on average?

  2. I usually make one a day. It takes time and energy to come up with just one original piece a day.


    • And, I don’t mean that I spend ALL day to make one. Usually not more than an hour or two, at most, on the actual physical ‘work’. I don’t want it to be a ‘job’ and try to keep cranking them out. I just walked out to my garage ‘studio’, to have a smoke really, and had tomorrow’s project designed before the end of the cigarette. I just look around at the parts I’ve collected, and come up with an idea for something new.


  3. LOVE this! A Cuisinart will NEVER be this cool!

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