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rorschach coasters: black & white

by Orfeo Quagliata
Handmade
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  • the story

Psycho Drama

Like any inkblot test, these Rorschach coasters reveal a lot about you. They show that you value cool, unexpected functional art. The handcrafted, unique glaze patterns indicate that you have a highly developed sense of style. The design shows you care about quality materials, and that you value protecting your coffee table from water rings. Sold as a set of four, which, of course, suggests that you enjoy spending time with close friends. Designed by Orfeo Quagliata. Handmade in Mexico City.

Due to the handmade nature, each coaster will vary.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
19398
Made from
glass
Measurements
4" L x 4" W
Notes
Wipe clean with damp cloth.
  • the maker
Orfeo Quagliata

Orfeo Quagliata

Born in 1972, Orfeo Quagliata spent his childhood in San Francisco, where he began working with glass at age 12 as an apprentice to his father, acclaimed glass artist Narcissus Quagliata. Early influences draw from his father's artwork and his grandmother, Herta Jalkotzy, an award-winning jewelry designer in the Vienna Workshop collective founded by Gustav Klimt.

After high school, Orfeo went to Spain to apprentice with Catalonian glass artist Jose Fernandez Castrillo. He learned cold-working techniques with Castrillo that have become a cornerstone in his work today. He later returned to San Francisco to study industrial and furniture design at California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), earning a BFA with high distinction in 1999. At CCAC, Orfeo studied with furniture designer and architect Chris Deam and went on to become Deam's design assistant for three years.

Since graduation, he has taught classes in California and Washington, DC. His present work follows an inherited tradition in glass and jewelry, and at the same time is defined by his own maverick style. He lives in Mexico City, Mexico, his home since 2000.

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RORSCHACH COASTERS: BLACK & WHITE
 
3.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gifts (3)
  • Living room (3)
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2.0

Clever idea but did not follow through

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from Winter Park, Fl

About Me Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Solid

Cons

  • Cheap looking
  • Painted on the bottom

Best Uses

    Comments about RORSCHACH COASTERS: BLACK & WHITE:

    These are a novel idea & for the price I expected the design to be in the glass, not painted on the bottom. The set I received could not even be placed together to pretend to be something. Very disappointing

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    5.0

    Bought as gift, they were a hit!

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    from ENglewood, CO

    About Me Midrange Shopper

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about RORSCHACH COASTERS: BLACK & WHITE:

        Bought as a gift for a psychiatrist. She was thrilled at the unique design and uses them at her office.

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        • Single Female

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        5.0

        Great conversation piece

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        from Ontario

        About Me Midrange Shopper

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        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Easy To Assemble

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bathroom
          • Bedroom
          • Gifts
          • Kitchen
          • Living Room
          • Outdoors

          Comments about RORSCHACH COASTERS: BLACK & WHITE:

          These were a great conversation piece at our last party...people got together with their coasters to create the image and talk about it!

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          • Family Young Kids

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          3.0

          Pretty on the inside....

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          from Princeton Jct, NJ

          About Me Midrange Shopper

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          Pros

          • Attractive Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gifts
            • Living Room

            Comments about RORSCHACH COASTERS: BLACK & WHITE:

            The product itself was fine. It's a novel idea, but it would have been better if they had used the real inkblot test patterns or if each coaster was an individual pattern. The box it came in was very plain and the one I received was ripped and dirty looking. Not something I was thrilled to give as a gift.

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            • Family Young Kids

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            5.0

            These are the coolest coasters

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            from NY, NY

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gifts
              • Living Room

              Comments about RORSCHACH COASTERS: BLACK & WHITE:

              My daughter is a School Psychologist, she uses the Rorschach assessment. The coasters are so novel and really beautiful. It is also cool that the artist's father is a famous glass blower.

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              • Family Older Kids

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              2.0

              Disappointing Design

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              from New Haven, CT

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              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

              • Unattractive Design

              Best Uses

                Comments about RORSCHACH COASTERS: BLACK & WHITE:

                I purchased these coasters as gift. I was disappointed that in order to see anything remotely like a Rorschach ink blot you need to have all four coasters together. Individually they are ugly -- they look like someone randomly spilled paint -- and uninteresting. Even together, the design doesn't seem like a real Rorschach.

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