Conical Piriform

Alexander de Vol
Conical Piriform is a footed, decorative vessel by Alexander de Vol. Continuing an ongoing investigation into the material properties of green wood, the vessel has been carefully hand-carved in a hollow, angular shape to allow for natural warping as it dries. Sourcing his wood from ecologically felled trees, Alexander has created a fascinating collection of work, exclusively for The New Craftsmen, which incorporates the unique quirks and natural features of ancient British hardwoods. This sculptural object is a one-off piece, celebrating organic, asymmetric form.

Material: Natural Elm wood
Dimensions: Height: 40cm, L: 26cm Width: 26cm
Care Instructions: Clean with a dry cloth
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Having obtained wood from a recently felled, wild Elm tree, Alexander turns and hand-carves his piece whilst the material is still in a moisture-rich state. The vessel's thin walls and conical shape encourages the wood to warp naturally as it dries. Unlike the uniform trees farmed for furniture timber, wild trees grow organically with dramatic and unpredictable features. Alexander embraces these elements, allowing the arising challenges, and opportunities, to heavily inform his work.
The Maker Alexander de Vol Wood Artist - North West England

Alexander de Vol is a designer, artist and maker whose work investigates the material properties of wood and their transferal into other materials. Alexander uses a mix of traditional casting methods and new technologies to document the natural behavior and movement of the vessels which he crafts from 'green wood', while taking care to preserve the features he feels are aesthetically synonymous with the material's origin. Alongside his artistic practice, Alexander lectures in design at the University of Central Lancashire and his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Burberry’s Makers House in London.