Bottle vases are inspired by a collection of plastic trash from the river Maas in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After reading about plastic soup, Foekje Fleur started looking more carefully at the river running through her home town and found plastic waste that had been accumulating there since the 1960s. By creating durable porcelain copies of the material she finds, Foekje Fleur is spreading awareness of this growing problem.
The Bottle Vase Project wants to spread awareness about plastic soup, also known as ‘the great pacific garbage patch’, it is characterised 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 outside of the stained porcelain is biscuit which gives a mat finish similar to plastic. The inside of the bottle is glazed to make it waterproof and suitable as a vase or container. The bottle vase #1 old red is signed at the bottom. It measures 22,6X7,6X4,5 cm.
This series is hand made by Middle Kingdom Porcelain in Jingdezhen. The plastic bottles are used to create moulds. Pigmented liquid porcelain is poured into the moulds, leaving a thin layer that forms the shape. After drying, the inside of the bottle is glazed lead-free and fired at 1300 ºC. All this handwork is done by a team of seven craftsmen, therefore none of the bottles is exactly the same. The picture shown is an indication, minor changes in colour are possible. Overall the surface is smooth but small defaults do occur and should be considered as a quality of the product.
Vases will be shipped plastic free, double boxed, and come with a brochure and postcard.
Please follow these instructions to keep the outer surface of the bottle vase #1 old red 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.