Mortar and Pestle: Our most ambitious project yet

The Mastro Mortar & Pestle Series

After months of design work and collaboration, today we’re proud to introduce our solid cast bronze mortar and pestle sets.

We’re drawn to the mortar and pestle for its simplicity.

It works the same way today as it did a thousand years ago, relying on muscle power to grind and compound—salt, spices, herbs, garlic—between two hard surfaces.

Traditional mortar and pestle sets are stone or ceramic. But we’ve upgraded to create a tool among tools, one that will outlast every other object in your kitchen.

Usually the metal of choice for machine parts, coins, or statues, bronze is harder than copper or aluminum, making it a good material for crushing salt, seeds, and herbs.

Our in-house design combines this superior metal with the ancient concept of a grinding bowl, modern design techniques, and classic form to create a kitchen tool that’s as functional as it is sculptural.

Designed by Mastro’s founder, Gene Reese, our mortar and pestle sets incorporate the future as well as the past. He created the six-inch bowl and double-sided pestle using 3D software and 3D printing technology, basing its form on a 19th-century Italian design.

Since the wax models are destroyed during the casting process, each of our mortar and pestle sets cannot be replicated. These are not mass-produced. Just 10 sets, each with a different finish, were cast individually by a foundry and are offered as one-of-a-kind items.

Exterior surface designs incorporate simple finishes, hand-applied textures, and sculpted exteriors. See the full line here and find the one that will last you a lifetime.

Until next time,

The Mastro Team