Lilac Morris Vase
A unique handblown vase by Adam Aaronson
As a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen I have always been inspired by this tenet of William Morris. He wrote “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”
I call this series of work “Morris” because I think they relate to that quote and I really like the idea of making things that people can use. These vases is great for flowers as well as being decorative and they are very satisfying to make.
The method I use for the pattern is a variation on a classic glassblowing technique called trailing and feathering. But it has a contemporary twist. Confectioners and pastry chefs also use this technique, with icing. You can see it in the classic mille-feuille. Delicious!
The other reason that I call this series of work after William Morris, is that the patterns in the glass remind me of some of Morris’ floral work.
Each piece is completely unique. I quite often make them as demonstration pieces, so I don’t usually repeat the colours or styles. I prefer the random qualities that this process entails.
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