Blown away

Do you ever wonder how your favourite porcelain coffee mug was made? Or who fashioned the earthenware bowl that holds your morning cornflakes? If not, you’re not alone – it’s something that few of us think about. But Italian designer Antonio Aricò is keen to remind us of the craft that goes into the creation of such everyday objects in our homes.
To this end, Aricò (who did part of his training at Duncan of Jordanstone) has come up with a limited-edition glassware collection entitled The Blowing Man. The five pieces are made of borosilicate glass, and were hand-blown by Massimo Lunardon exclusively for Editamateria. Each item incorporates the delicate figure of a glass blower, who appears to be creating the object that he is part of. The idea is that the story of the glass-blowing man is told through the object, celebrating the craft in the pieces it creates.
Although the items are practical objects – there’s a cup and a bottle, for example – they will be more at home on a display shelf than as a way to drink your morning OJ. Just find a great spot and allow these items to sit prettily on display, and marvel at the delicate skill that has brought them to life.

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Words Caitlin Clements