the bottle vase project

the bottle vase project

The Bottle Vase Project was inspired by a collection of plastic trash from the river Maas in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After reading about plastic soup, I started looking more carefully at the river running through my home town and found plastic waste that had been accumulating there since the 1960s.

By creating durable colorful porcelain bottle vases copies of the material I find, I’m trying to spread awareness of this growing problem. The colorful porcelain bottle vases are available in a variety of shapes and colors which makes a really nice rainbow!

Plastic Soup

An area in the North Pacific Ocean, also known as ‘the great pacific garbage patch’, is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of plastics that have been trapped there by the circulating currents. Plastic waste drifts there from all over the world, after floating down rivers into seas. Plastics are not biodegradable; they only break down into smaller pieces called microplastics. These are extremely dangerous as they enter the food chain and threaten all kinds of species, including human beings.

Plastic Soup

An area in the North Pacific Ocean, also known as ‘the great pacific garbage patch’, is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of plastics that have been trapped there by the circulating currents. Plastic waste drifts there from all over the world, after floating down rivers into seas. Plastics are not biodegradable; they only break down into smaller pieces called microplastics. These are extremely dangerous as they enter the food chain and threaten all kinds of species, including human beings.

the bottle vases

The Bottle Vase project started in 2009 with a collection of several bottles I found at the Maas in Rotterdam, copied into porcelain at AKV Sint Joost in Den Bosch. Currently we have 3 different collections available.

foekje fleur bottle vases set of 5

maas collection

group photo porcelain vases

world collection

rainbow

The colours of the Bottle Vase Project are all inspired by the colours of the plastic finds, faded by the water and the sun they become very mat pastels. We use pigments that we mix into the clay, instead of coloured glaze (however the inside is glazed translucently to make the vase waterproof). The dept of the colour varies with the place of the vase in the kiln, in the lower parts the temperature ‘only’ reaches 1290 degrees so these colours develope slighty less than the colours high in the kiln that reach over 1300 degrees Celcius. It is important to keep in mind this is a digital experience on a screen that might be different in real life, depending on your screen, lighting at home etc. I choose these colours to mix and match perfectly, it’s impossible go wrong, but don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

   

              powder                         pink                         old red
    
               blush                           orange                      salmon

    

          warm yellow                     sun                     fresh yellow

    

                post-it                         spring                         moss

    

           dark green                world mint                   mk mint

    

            light blue                   bright sky                  dark blue

    

                 delft                       old purple                  lavender   
powder
pink
old red
blush
orange
salmon
warm yellow
sun
fresh yellow
post-it
spring
moss
dark green
world mint
mk mint
light blue
bright sky
dark blue
delft
old purple
lavender

Care instructions

Please follow these instructions to keep the outer surface of this bottle vase in a pristine state. After using the vase, wash the bottle with mild soap, warm water, and a brush. Leave it to dry on a clean towel. Grease stains can be removed by rubbing in soft soap, leaving it overnight, and cleaning as directed above. Always keep this bottle indoors and store in a dry place as moist dirt might get into the outer surface over time. Liquids can also be stored in the bottle vase; we suggest using a cork to close the bottle.

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