These bread bowls were designed by Jeff Welch and    Nathan Currier-Groh    at BaserMatter for Sotto, a premier Italian restaurant in downtown Cincinnati.  The design reflected an initiative to produce products that celebrate their own materiality as well as the processes used to create them.  The client was interested in a natural, almost rustic aesthetic which was leveraged into a bowl design that expressed the beauty of Walnut by allowing the CNC mill’s round tool to leave its mark in the direction of the grain.  For mass production, numerous bowls were machined along the length of several single boards before being cut free, laser-branded, oiled and delivered.
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