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This piece is a metal casting of an ash vessel, which was originally turned from a green log from a storm-damaged ash tree that Alex found in Lancashire. The wood grain surface texture reflect the piece’s arboreal origins.
Material: Solid bronze, satin wax coating
Dimensions: Height: 5cm, Width: 17cm
Care Instructions: Wipe gently with lint free cloth
The wooden vessel, which was turned from an ash log, has been hot cast into solid bronze using the lost wax method – a process that takes several weeks. The surface of the forged vessel is then worked and polished by hand. It is left unwaxed, so that it can develop a natural patina.
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.
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