The GAUGE Vase takes on the behavior of the flower. The weight of the water holds the vase upright. The vase 'wilts' as the flower drinks the water, letting us know that it needs watering.
A gauge, in science, is an instrument that measures and gives a visual display of the amount, level, or contents of something. The GAUGE vase indicates the level of remaining water, by the angle of the vase's neck.
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John R WardGauge'Wilted'
John R WardGaugeStems and single Stem
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Gauge vase mouldsBeechwood moulds can produce up to 80 pieces.
Wooden mould making
Something is lost when we bring flowers indoors. The flowers are no longer animated by a breeze because the vase holds them rigid. The flowers cannot properly wilt when they are dying because the vase keeps them straight.
Like any vase, the GAUGE Vase can be knocked over. Unlike any other vase, the GAUGE Vase will spring back up. It is designed for leaning and swaying and will return to where it best balances - upright when fully watered, tilting when thirsty.
The narrow neck limits the number of flowers so it does not over-balance.
The vase can pirouette and dance. It invites people to play... because the water moves inside - sometimes following, sometimes leading the sway of the glass - an irregular movement is created, reminiscent of flowers dancing in a breeze.
Our crystal is mouth-blown in the Czech Republic, where the designer's grandparents lived. Established in 1712, the glassworks is the oldest still working glass factory in Bohemia. It is perfectly positioned, where timber surrounds the factory, water springs from the ground and quality glass sand is obtainable locally. The glassworks lives deep in the woods of the Giant Mountains of Bohemia. The glass is mouth-blown into a mould which is made from locally sourced beech wood. The wood must be saturated with water, which extends the life of the mould, so the beech trunks are placed into a lake. Only when the trunks touch the bottom of the lake, are they ready to be processed. The wet trunks are then taken out of the water and sliced into big pieces. A raw block of wood is then fixed to a lathe to be carved out with chisels, with great precision. Then the wooden block is cut in half, equipped with locks and handles. Each mould will produce no more than 80 pieces, by when the shape has become altered by the molten glass and it can no longer be used.
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