Ruby Morris Fan Vase
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.
The ideal way to display this lovely Ruby Blue Morris Vase by Adam Aaronson, is against a white or pale background or on a windowsill. Because I have used transparent colours, these show up better against a white background than against a dark background. This will reveal the feathered pattern to the best effect. It is a great vase for flower arranging.
I used a rod colour called Gold Ruby to achieve this deep pink tone. There is a fascinating article about the history of Gold Ruby glass here. Gold ruby is so called because it has real gold in. This is in introduced as gold chloride by the colour manufacturer when melting the colour.
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