Maker Spotlight: Blu Skillet Ironware

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With our first-ever venture into Portland right around the corner, we’re beginning our Maker Spotlights for our Mini Market!  Today we’re featuring Blue Skillet Ironware.

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Patrick Maher, artist and blacksmith, and Caryn Badgett, painter, began making things together that were both beautiful and useful around the home. They found they shared a similar aesthetic in designing and creating objects  – whether it was gifts or things they needed around the house, Patrick and Caryn soon began making more things together as a hobby.  Their iron pan was the inspiration and beginning product for Blu Skillet Ironware.

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Blu Skillet creates iron pans, that are forged rather than cast. This makes the pans lighter and easier to handle, as well as less porous and quicker to season. They can take high temperatures and they can go from stove top, to oven, to table.  The blue color is a product of heat treatment, which forms a protective layer of blue iron oxide on polished steel. It is a natural rust deterrent, and combined with organic virgin coconut oil, provides an excellent preseasoned surface – making the pans nonstick and ready to use. They’re iron pans and therefore reactive, so they won’t stay blue – they’ll darken and patina as you cook and season them, and their polished finish will continue to contribute to an easily maintained nonstick surface.

4_bluskilletwares Each pan and product Blu Skillet creates can take a long time and a lot of effort, however, Patrick and Caryn’s diligent and careful work on every product produces incredible results. Blu Skillet takes raw material and gives it form and a purpose, and soon after that, a new home. 
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Patrick and Caryn kindly gave us a sneak peek into their metal and iron shop and we couldn’t be more amazed!
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Every pan is skillfully hammered by Patrick in their Seattle workshop.  Caryn carefully adds the final finishing touches to create a one-of-kind long-lasting skillet. 8_bluskilletstduio 9_bluskilletstudio

After researching and testing out their pans, Patrick and Caryn found that blue steel pans aren’t just beautiful, and lighter, they’re also great for searing and caramelizing.  They believe that there is something so satisfying and wonderful about cooking dinner in a pan that is made by hand. We can’t help but agree and hope to test out their skillets ourselves!10_bluskilletstudio

Currently, Blu Skillet produces about 20 pans per week, which are either sold through their online shop, out of their studio directly, or at their local farmers market. We’re thrilled that Patrick and Caryn chose our Portland Mini Market to showcase their iron pans to the handmade community. 11_bluskilletstudio

We are so excited to have Blu Skillet Ironware join our Mini Market for our first venture into Portland!  Browse the Blu Skillet store for their full line of products, plus follow them on facebook and instagram to stay up to date!  See you all in Portland soon!

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