These variations of "birthday candle snuffers" reflect on how the global pandemic and other impactful, life changing experiences result in an adaptation of cultural practice. On a surface level these artifacts offer a "safer" approach to birthdays, but the result is bittersweet as we show restraint from engaging with our bodies and celebratory practices.
Finishing out my senior capstone in isolation, I fabricated these brass snuffers in my home using self-taught techniques. These artifacts are currently on display at Pittsburgh's Society for Contemporary Craft.
The Pinch Snuffer
Form is optimized for rapid succession and reduced smoke
Form is symbolic of rebirth and new beginnings
The Bell Flower
Form is ornate and reminiscent of 16th century snuffers