Gudetama Bottle I

Alexander de Vol
£1,700
Gudetama Bottle I is a bronze artwork by Alexander de Vol. Challenging material perceptions, it is cast from wood into bronze and finished like stone. Alexander designed this work as part of a collection which focuses on the perceived value of organic and synthetic material in art, design and manufacturing. The original piece was turned from the green log of a wild Lime tree, locally felled due to storm damage. By using both organic and manufactured materials to create a one-off artwork, Alexander deftly explores the nature of materiality through his work.


Material: Bronze
Dimensions: Height: 13cm, L: 15cm Width: 15cm
Care Instructions: Clean gently with a dry or slightly damp cloth
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Process

After creating a model vessel, which is turned on the lathe using Lime wood, Alexander casts his piece in solid bronze using the lost wax method. This process is labour intensive and takes several weeks to complete. The vessel is then polished to a mirror shine before being given a chemical patina, applied by hand. Bismuth, titanium and tin are used to create a stone effect in a grey-white palette. To finish off, Alexander coats with a light layer of renaissance wax.
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.