I just pulled a new handkerchief vase out of the kiln. I love these vases! They are always a wonderful surprise. Well mostly always. I have had one or two that looked weird. But this one turned out great.
Handkerchief vases, or drape vases, are made by positioning a piece of glass over a stainless steel form. It is slowly heated in the kiln until gravity starts to do the work of shaping the glass. A lot of variable go into how the piece will turn out. The type of glass, how it is positioned on the form, how hot the kiln is and how long I keep the glass at the highest temperature all play a role. The results are never the same.
I really like the way this handkerchief vase turned out. There is a lot of “movement” in it. The glass is clear and black on the inside while the outside is an iridescent glass. The swirl pattern on the glass helps to accentuate the flowing lines of this piece. It’s really hard to capture this in pictures, but here are a few.