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Lens Vase - Antique Blue
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Lens Vase - Antique Blue

Metal Vase

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The lens vase is ideal for ikebana flower arrangements. Its form contrasts a smooth, round, hand-inviting vessel shape with a torn opening from which flowers seem to explode. Each lens vase is a work of art on its own, but the understated design allows it to yield chief place to a flower arrangement.

Lens vases are not cast in a mold. They are constructed one at a time from heavy brass sheet, with hand tools and traditional forming and forging techniques, and are patinated by hand using traditional sculptural patinas.

The Antique Blue color used in this vase is a pigmented patina. Rather than simply taking its color from a reaction between the metal of the vase and the compounds brushed on, the patina is used as a base to apply the intense blue pigment known as ultramarine. In the medieval world, ultramarine came from grinding up lapis lazuli. Now, the same compound which gave lapis its intense, deep blue color is available as a by-product of industrial processes. But the color is the same, and if anything more intense and pure. After application, the patina is buffed and slightly distressed with a wire brush to deepen and polish the color, and to 'antique' it, giving it a look reminiscent of both lapis lazuli stones, and of some of the more intense patinas found on ancient bronze artifacts.

Please note that each piece is unique. Coloration of the patina will vary from piece to piece. The images represent the range of expected variation.
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Dimensions: 1″ H x 3.5″ diameter
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Dimensions: 1.5″ H x 4.75″ diameter
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Dimensions: 1.75″ H x 5.5″ diameter
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Dimensions: 1.75″ H x 6.5″ diameter
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Dimensions: 2.5″ H x 12″ diameter
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David M Bowman and Reed C Bowman

"My sense of form and composition comes from close and long study of natural forms, architecture from all periods, the compositions of the masters of painting, and the work of other contemporary and ancient craftspeople."

David M. Bowman Studio consists of two people: David Mills Bowman and his son, Reed Christopher Bowman. David and Reed craft most pieces together. They construct all pieces by hand, with hand tools and simple machines. No part of the production is ever hired out, nor does the studio take in work to produce or patina parts for other artists' designs. Wallpieces are one of a kind.

All of their work is produced from brass sheet and rod, formed into shape, and brazed together using an oxyacetylene welding torch. David and Reed mix patina chemicals from scratch and apply them by hand.

David began working in metal in 1971, near the time Reed was born; he first made silver jewelry, and later moved on to brass belt buckles, then to larger pieces in patinated brass. Over the years, David has worked alone or with different assistants, but he has worked exclusively with Reed since the mid-1990s.

"My work with wallpieces reflects my interest in achieving balance in asymmetrical forms. I enjoy the constraints of working with our simple tools and limited palette of patinas."

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