The Charred vases area family of five unique forms made in the dying art of Barro Preto – clay cooked at extremely high temperature and pressure under the earth with firewood, an almost lost technique in Portugal as there are very craftsmen who still have the knowledge and skills to do it. Gabriel Tan was most intrigued by this process when he met master potter João Lourenço who is skilled in the arts of Barro Preto. Together with João, the designer wishes to rekindle this heritage and material, while exploring unusual ways to arrange flowers through the vases.
Designed by Gabriel Tan, made by João Lourenço in Barcelos, Portugal.
Material: Barro preto, Black Ceramic
CUP 140x100x130 mm
CONE 175x175x270 mm
SPHERE 303x303x125 mm
CHIMNEY 232x232x313 mm
DOME 155x140x160 mm
Origin curates and produces a line of contemporary objects by bringing designers and artisans together. We invite our designers to Portugal once a year to work with local craftsmen and visit ateliers in different towns, sharing a house and meals together. All of our objects are completely or partially handmade. We work with both individual craftsmen as well as small factories to realize our designs in numbered editions.
We publish the names of our makers, not just the names of designers, because we want to do things differently, to remind ourselves that each Origin product is made by a person who could be a father, a mother, a grandfather or a daughter... something we tend to forget in our consumption-driven culture. Our goal is to foster a deeper sense of closeness between the owner of our object, and the people who made it.
Delivery time: Between 1 - 4 weeks, depending on stock and availability.