Welcome to NOVICA's Vase Homepage! Artisans craft designs ranging from rustic ceramic vases to modern art glass vases.
Whether you wish to place wildflowers in your kitchen, or accent your window sills or coffee tables, you're sure to be delighted by these fantastic ceramic vases, crystal vases, blown glass vases and art glass vases.
"Once we have a flat sheet, we hammer it in circles, little by little, to give rise to the desired shape – a casserole, a vase, a bell… these pieces require thousands of blows to be crafted."
"Hi! How are you? We're Olimpia and Pepe Barba. My family has worked with copper for generations now and I've been around it all my life. And so I learned to create utilitarian and decorative objects from this noble metal. When Pepe and I married, he was a practicing veterinarian. To help with expenses, I set up a small workshop in our home and sold my handicrafts in a shop on the plaza. As time went by, the family and the workshop have grown so we both design and create copper work to sell.
"The process begins when the ore is mined. The pieces are shaped like potato chips and are melted into ingots that weigh some 250 kilograms. We divide the ingot according to what we are going to make from it. Then the art of hammering begins. The piece is transformed into a flat sheet, beaten with hammers that weigh up to 16 pounds. Once we have a flat sheet, we hammer it in circles, little by little, to give rise to the desired shape – a casserole, a vase, a bell or any of the infinity of things that can be made. These pieces require thousands of blows to be crafted.
"To finish a piece, we sometimes apply a layer of gold or silver to make it more beautiful. We then take a small hammer and chisel to create the designs that you can see on the surface of our pieces. Finally, each piece is polished several times until it gleams and the beautiful color of the copper stands out. Other times we decorate a piece by hand using the lacquer designs from Pátzcuaro; on others we add a special touch with gold leaf and special paints. These are protected by a coat of varnish.
"The love and constancy we put into our work as a couple has yielded incredible fruits as we show the world a bit of our beloved state of Michoacán."
Inspired by the ancient art of Urubamba, Rolando and Luis create a vessel with an aged appearance. The effigy depicts a human face on a rounded body wrapped in pre-Hispanic textiles. Shaped and painted by hand, it is a beautiful example of Peru's ceramic....read more
A florid reverie in cobalt blue, aqua green and luminous white casts a spell of enchanted beauty. In Javier Servin's design, the hand-painted motifs create raised textures over the vase's cool ceramic surface.
Twin handles extend from the narrow neck of this elegant terracotta jar. Hand-crafted using ancestral techniques, it reveals the precise geometry of Inca design motifs. Rolando and Luis shape the vase on the potter's wheel and faithfully recreate ancient....read more
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