Piriform Bottle I

Piriform Bottle I is a solid bronze artwork by Alexander de Vol. This graceful, pear-shaped vessel is given a gentle patina verdigris green and blue marbling, bestowing the piece with an heirloom-like quality. 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. An original wood vessel is created from the green log of a wild Ash tree, locally felled due to storm damage, and then cast in bronze to construct the finished piece. Using both organic and manufactured materials to create a one-off artwork, the artist deftly explores the nature of materiality through his work.

Material: Solid bronze
cm: Width 16cm, Depth 16cm, Height 16cm
inches: Width 6.3in, Depth 6.3in, Height 6.3in
Care Instructions: Clean with a dry cloth
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A model vessel is first carved in wood, sourced from ecologically felled trees, and turned on a lathe. Alexander then casts the object into bronze using the lost wax method to render an exact metal copy. The metal is then given an aged, patinated appearance using verdigris green and blue marbling, which is applied by hand and finally sealed with renaissance wax.
The Maker Alexander de Vol Artist & Designer - 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.