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Weird and Wacky Design – Strange Vessels

Posted in ART, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , on June 28, 2010 by echostains

  

lei xue

 

As anyone who reads this blog knows by now, I like unusually designed objects – preferably made from unusual media.   So I was intrigued to discover these beer cans made from china!  These exquisite Chinese porcelain vessels – have even been crushed to resemble aluminium beer cans.  But who in their right mind would want to throw these away (though you could recycle the porcelain).  Made by  artist Lei Xue, these cans are actually teacups!  

celtic-skull-vessel

 

This Celtic skull vessel is rather unusual.  Adorned with Celtic knot work, the top of the skull comes off and there is an inner compartment which you can fill ….with whatever.  I wonder where this idea came from?  Did the Celts drink from real skulls?  From  here 

Ed Kirsner Corning Store Four

There’s a gallery of breathtaking glass vessels here.   A wonderful glass collection from Kentucky artists.  this one is by artist Ken quite transfixed me.  It looks like a strange exotic conjuring trick, full of esoteric magic.  I would never get tired of gazing upon it. 

Beer can pic from here 

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Crafty Old Sugar!

Posted in ART, SCULPTURE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2008 by echostains

An Icy Front

An Icy Front

 

 

 

 

I was watching a programme today which featured the Bowes Museum in County Durham.  The exhibition was about Sugarcraft as a sculptural medium.  I never realised that this craft was so old.  Apparently it was featured in the household of Princesse de Lamballe, Marie Therese Louise de Savoie-Carignan (1749-92) who was a favourite of the famous  Marie Antoinette.  The collection featured moulds and tools which the curator used to demonstrate.

Basket moulds

Basket moulds

 

 

 

 

The paste is pressed into the mould, then scraped round with a small brass tool and assembled.  These were used for table decorations and even deserts.

 

Cucumber basket

Cucumber basket

 

 

I love miniatures: my daughter and I used to have a lot of fun making miniature food with Fimo.

 

Butcher meat

Butcher meat

 

 

 

 

There has always been debate between Art and Craft and craft as an art form.  The Tate was founded by industrialist Henry Tate who made his fortune as a Sugar Refiner.

More information about the exhibition can be foound here;

http://www.historicfood.com/Royal-sugar-Sculpture.htm