Most of our patinas are solid colors all over a given vase or wallpiece part, but we have recently started doing more painterly styles of finish on our work by patinaing a base color over the whole piece, but then, instead of putting a second layer over the whole thing, brushing the second layer (and sometimes a third layer) only over part of the piece. This can be done in a careful pattern as we do with our square-in-square patinas (mostly on our wall clocks) or it can be done more organically.
One of the styles of more organic multi-color brushwork we call Tricolor. This uses the three colors of Black Ochre, but only the first layer – blue-green – covers the whole vase. It is followed by a layer of brown (to form the color we call Ochre) coming up near the top of the vase, and then a layer of black patina coming up not quite as far. Until this year, we only did this patina on the Smokestack vases, where it was probably the most common patina we sold. (The example shown on Artful Home has the brown all blended in under the black, so it looks almost like it’s just two colors.) But this January David decided to try putting the Tricolor patina on some other styles of vase, and the effects are stunning!
medium and extra-small round vases
We will be offering this now as a standard color on several types of vase.
small square vase and two round vases with nasturtium
We've just started listing on Artfire.com. To begin with, we're trying out a few of our classic patinaed earrings there. Since we make only a few of each style at a time, we don't usually offer specific styles for sale over the internet. This time, though, we've made ten pairs in this style, and will offer them for sale there. More styles will follow in the near future.
There can be little more gratifying than to have the Lens Vases I designed for ikebana flower arrangement requested by an interior designer in Japan. This set is on its way now to Interculture Art in Tokyo. We have worked with Interculture Art in the past, and they have placed several of our wallpieces and many vases. David originally designed the Part Scrap Round Vase, a variant on our classic Round Vases based on a request from Interculture Art in 1999.
With few exceptions, we tend to patina our vases one solid color. Earlier this year, one of our gallery owners, Brian Farrell of Milward Farrell Fine Art was looking at our modular wallpieces and requested one of our slab vases with the square-in-square pattern usually used only on the modular wallpiece panels. We instantly agreed this would be a good idea, and this is the result. We will offer these in future in different patterns of patina colors within the square-in-square style.