Nils Hint

Nils Hint is a blacksmith and applied artist living and working in Estonia. His work ranges from contemporary jewellery to installation and sculpture. He sees iron in all its wonders. In his hands iron leaves its super practical world and experiences the forms outside the boundaries given to it.

What have you rebelled against in the past, and what are you rebelling against now?
I have been rebelling against all the grown ups and I am still rebelling against them.

Do you need to be a rebel to enjoy your cutlery?
If you are a rebel you don’t need any cutlery.

Do you use your own cutlery?
I have some pieces at home that I use regularly. I have also used some of the bigger pieces to host my friends who came to visit my studio. Some of my pieces are multifunctional. For example spoon and wrench. I have also been using some of them as tools.

Do you think cutlery can still be improved? If yes, in what way?
I guess everything can always be improved in some way or another. In this case maybe we should instead improve ourselves and the way we use cutlery. For example it is always nice to finish your dish and not throw away food.

What was the inspiration for your Steinbeisser series?
I don’t believe in common sense inspiration. Although in everything I make I get influenced by my surroundings: space, materials and sounds. In this case some influence has come from the industrial environment of the train depot where my studio is located.

Describe your work in 3 words!
I love you.

What kind of materials do you use and where do you get them from?
Mostly I work with found iron objects. I collect old tools in my studio where they serve me both as instruments and materials at the same time. I get them mostly from the local junk yard where huge piles of scrap iron is waiting on its way to recycling plants.

What are you working on right now?
I am working on bigger scale pieces like sculptures.

What excites you about tomorrow?
Smell of coffee in the morning.

What has been your favourite dinner experience?
Dinner with family, dinner with friends, dinner with good food. Kitchen is the heart of my home.

What further ambitions do you have?
I want to be a good human being.

Which are your 3 favourite pieces from Jouw…?
My favourite part of this project is that it’s about food. There are so many good artworks. I really like the Beak Pliers Spoons by Sophie Hanagarth, the Calabash Bowls and Spoons by Tala Yuan and the Coat Hanger Spoon by Stuart Cairns.