Piriform Bottle II

Alexander de Vol
Piriform Bottle II is a graceful ceramic artwork by Alexander de Vol. This pear-shaped vessel is given a gentle, bronzed patina which bestows 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. Thrown from a mix of highest quality porcelain clays and finished with metal oxides, the piece is also glazed on the inside with wood ash from burned waste shavings. By using both organic and manufactured materials to create a one-off artwork, Alexander deftly explores the nature of materiality through his work.

Material: Porcelain clays, wood ash glaze, metal oxides
Dimensions: Height: 14cm, L: 15cm Width: 15cm
Care Instructions: Avoid contact with water, clean with a dry cloth
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After throwing this piece on the wheel using quality porcelain clays, Alexander glazes the vessel interior with wood ash. Next a thin layer of fine bronze powder is embedded onto the exterior, which has been given a black and verdigris chemical patina. Both the ash and bronze powder are waste products, collected from the artist’s own wood shaving and sanding 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.