Vase Studies

Conceptually, I was drawn to the natural elements: earth, fire, water, air. If I could somehow lure these things into coexisting within the structure of a vase design. A votive, the rose, and the vase’s water and air would suffice.

I wanted the elements to coexist, so I started off trying to bring everything within the realm of the water. Using some cub scout science fair training, the rose was the first thing to go under, covered on top by an short overturned glass, the air pressure of which would keep the water out if kept within certain angles. The candle slid into a taller glass and found buoyancy when filled with enough water to all but breach the top surface of the votive. It soon became apparent; the candle rapidly heated the water. The rose would wither. all is lost.

However, a candle is not within a vase’s intrinsic nature. A vase doesn’t need a candle. all is not lost.

only three elements remain.


anywhere (but most likely hanging upsidedown)
ping pong ball vases. The water is actually contained withing the ping pong ball. The hole for the stem is small enough that no water leaks out, even when hung upside down.