Turquoise Morris Bowl
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 the pieces relate to that quote and I really like the idea of making things that people can use. These vases looks wonderful with a bunch of 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 bowls after William Morris, is that the patterns in the glass often remind me of some of Morris’ floral work.
Each vase 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.
This lovely Turquoise Morris Bowl by Adam Aaronson doesn’t need any special lighting, but ideally a pale or white background will show it off to its best. This is because the main body of the vase is transparent, so the colours will become muted against a dark background.
The shape is ideal for arranging flowers as a centrepiece, but the vase is equally beautiful on its own, on a shelf, mantelpiece or windowsill.
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