Bottle Vase #101 - Post it Note
During a beach clean-up near Bari, Italy, Foekje stumbled upon this little bear, who looks a lot like Robijntje. Once his little body was filled with liquid washing detergent or fabric softener and his place was on top of a washing machine. But now he washed up ashore and never told us how he ended up there, we expect it was a long journey.
This little bear comes in a edition of 200 pieces and they are hand numbered at the bottom. For this edition Elzeline Kooy designed a box with a lively deep sea scene that gives this laundry softening bear the dark and dirty edge he needs, silk screen printed with two colours on a stapeled carboard box with insert.
Bottle vases are inspired by a collection of plastic trash from the river Maas in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After reading about plastic soup, Foekje Fleur started looking more carefully at the river running through her home town and found plastic waste that had been accumulating there since the 1960s. By creating durable porcelain copies of the material she finds, Foekje Fleur is spreading awareness of this growing problem.
The outside of the stained porcelain is biscuit which gives a matte finish similar to plastic. The inside of the bottle is glazed to make it waterproof and suitable as a vase or container. Handmade in Portugal.
The plastic bottles are used to create molds. Pigmented liquid porcelain is poured into the molds, leaving a thin layer that forms the shape. After drying, the inside of the bottle is glazed lead-free and fired at 1300 ºC. All this handwork is done by a team of seven craftsmen, therefore none of the bottles is exactly the same. The picture shown is an indication, minor changes in color are possible. Overall the surface is smooth but small defaults do occur and should be considered as a quality of the product.
Please follow these instructions to keep the outer surface of the bottle vase #5 warm yellow in a pristine state. After using the vase, wash the bottle with mild soap, warm water and a brush. Leave it to dry on a clean towel. Grease stains can be removed by rubbing in soft soap, leaving it overnight and cleaning as directed above. Always keep this bottle indoors and store in a dry place as moist dirt might get into the outer surface over time. Liquids can also be stored in the bottle vase; we suggest using a cork to close the bottle.