The firey-colored metal as a functional home decor
Photograph: Aryanne Pereira Photography
Wandering through London’s famous Portobello Market, Beth Ann Sweeney discovered an old copper stockpot she immediately coveted, but reluctantly left behind. Back Stateside, the Fairfielder couldn’t get that pretty pot out of her head. So she diligently tracked the vendor down and arranged for a transatlantic purchase. “What can I say? It was true love,” says Beth Ann.
Now, it’s Beth Ann’s customers in love with the charming, yet functional copper wares she purveys through her two-year-old venture, Coppermill Kitchens. Beth Ann sources and imports antique (and often rare) copper pieces from European contacts and has them restored to polished perfection. Her customers include serious chefs, kitchen stylists and foodies who value copper’s superior conductivity.
Added allure? “It’s the pink, pink, pink! It’s like bling for your kitchen,” says Beth Ann.
Demand for her antique copper has been so high that the enterprising mom of two has expanded. She’s now designing original copper fabrications as well as continuing to vend her antiques. Prices range from $25 to $2,800 for rare finds such as an eighteenth-century fry pan with a royal insignia.
Hot right now are her charming mini-molds, a beautiful base for petite desserts or a charming tablescape.
While Beth Ann does most business online and through private consultation, look for CMK’s originals to hit select retailers later this year. coppermillkitchen.com