gold leaf upcycled pitcherby Nanda Soderberg $60.00
- the story
This pitcher is a stellar example of the surprising beauty that can be achieved through upcycling—the process of transforming waste or surplus materials into beautiful and useful new objects. Glass artist Nanda Soderberg takes 22 ounce beer bottles bound for the recycling bin (or worse, the trash), and reshapes them into stately pitchers that retain only a hint of their past lives. Soderberg cuts the bottles to the desired height, heats the vessel in a kiln to make it pliable enough to be reshaped into a bowl form, and heat-fuses gestural strokes of gold leaf to the surface of the glass. The resulting pitcher retains a fluidity that reflects the upcycling process, imbued with a preciousness through the interplay of glass and gold leaf. It makes a distinctive container for serving beverages, but also can be used as a striking vase for flowers. Handmade in Manchester, NH.
Due to the recycled and handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.
Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.
- Item ID
- Made from
- upcycled glass, 23kt gold leaf
- 7.5" H x 2.75" diameter; 20 oz. capacity
- Dishwasher Safe
Due to the handmade nature of this item, size and color may vary.
- the maker
Nanda Soderberg started blowing glass at the University of Hawaii in 1994 and was instantly struck by the immediacy of the process. He has always been attracted to activities that are fast paced, require extreme focus and involve a degree of risk. Blowing glass was a natural fit.
In 1999 Nanda received his BFA in glass and left Hawaii to gain experience working in production glass shops in Seattle and California. In 2005 he moved to Virginia to pursue his Masters degree in Art. Since receiving his MFA in 2007, Nanda has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, California State University Fullerton, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Pilchuck Glass School.
Nanda is driven by the idea of taking a found glass object, something that may have had a single use or is heading for a landfill, and transforming it into something that can be used indefinitely. Nanda works in a studio without a glass melting furnace re-configuring found glass objects through traditional hot and cold glass working process. He plans to continue his experimentation and research with found glass, tackling design and production challenges head on to provide the consumer with unique products. collection
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