I love beautiful objects, just not too many. As you know, I am obsessed with vases. My favorite is ceramic, but I also love glass. I love their simple forms and their tactile nature. Loving simple living, and loving collecting vases is a delicate balance. I panic when I think I have too much stuff. Yet, I love to hunt for gems at the Goodwill. My rule is one (or more) vases must be donated before bringing something new home. Here are a few new vases I bought on the cheap from Goodwill.
I am in love with the simplicity of these beauties! I am especially in love with the white one. It reminds me of the concrete bowls I have been craving (see post below). It has just the right amount of organic edge and I love the pop of silver. These vases were both made in Vietnam and I got them for the incredible price of $3.00 each! Just think, if it hadn't been for the lift on the trade embargo, we never would have experienced Vietnamese pottery (see previous post here). President Obama recently made a historic journey to Southern Asia, including a stop in Burma, where he met feminist icon Aung San Suu Ki. Perhaps there will no longer be a need for economic sanctions against Burma and we will be able to experience the beauty of their ceramic traditions. Hope so! Sorry, I digress.
I think of pottery as sculpture, and started experimenting with placing vases on top of each other. Something I haven't done before.
I think it would be cool to make a table or lamp out of vases. For more cool sculptures, or assemblages as she calls them, see Hilda's work at art design kitsch.
So I piled vases on top of each other. With a piece of glass on top it might make a cool table in an industrial/urban setting. But it looks too much like a missile for my taste, so I disassembled it (like we should all missles, oops there I go again).
Here are some vases piled in my kitchen. I kinda like them. Not sure why, but I love orange and gray together.
Here is another new vessel. Not sure if it used to be a light, but it is made of glass and is the most amazing color. I got this one for only $1.00!
Here it is on my end table. I love a pop of yellow! During the day it catches the sun in the most intriguing way.
The vase in the middle is new and was also $1.00! I needed a piece with some height and I adore its matte finish. Simple vases with matte finishes are hard to find. Periwinkle is another of my favorite colors. I am amazed how much color I am using in my apartment! So there you have it. I spent my day doing one of my favorite things: arranging pottery. And it only cost me $8.00! I really should own a pottery store and/or take a pottery class.