For nearly forty years, round vases have been our most popular design. With their spare, elegant design, earth tones, and range of sizes from 3½ to 16 inches, they are well suited to a wide variety of decor, whether they are used to display fresh flowers, dry arrangements, on their own or in groups. The vases are heavy and smooth, and being the product of the hand may be enjoyed as much by the hand as the eye.
Round vases are cut from brass sheet, hammered into shape and brazed together by hand. They are tested for water-tightness. The vases are then patinaed with traditional sculptural patinas which we mix from scratch. Most patinas are applied with a brush while heating the metal with an oxy-acetylene torch. Many are layered to provide deeper, more complex colors.
Scrap vases are constructed from scraps of the same heavy brass sheet that makes up the ordinary round vases. They are intended for dry arrangements or for display on their own. More recently, we have started making part-scrap vases, which do hold water up to the bottom of the scrap section. We also include here the ellipse vase, since it is constructed similarly to the round vases.
The ring separating the two round sides is textured with flowed bronze, except on scrap and part-scrap vases, where the ring is left smooth.
Round vases are currently available in the following patinas, representing nearly all of our standard colors:
blue-green, white blue-green,
dark green, black, distressed dark green,
ochre, white ochre, black ochre,
distressed ochre, distressed white ochre, distressed black ochre,
brown, white brown,
grey, silver, silver brown,* silver blue-green,
mottle,* burnt mottle,* brown mottle,*
spray blue black (robin's egg or Turkish stone*), stone grey,*
pigmented blue, antique blue
*Colors marked with an asterisk are more variegated, and as such do not work well with the hard-edged geometry of scrap parts of vases. Normally, we do not make scrap and part-scrap vases in these patinas. For more information, and larger pictures of the patinas, see our patina pages or our Round vase order page.
Big — 16 inch (black) - $850
very large — 12 inch (ochre) - $440
sorta large — 9 inch (burnt mottle) - $340
large — 6½ inch (mottle) - $230
medium — 5½ inch (spray blue-black) - $200
small — 4¾ inch (brown) - $140
extra-small — 3½ inch (blue-green) - $110
Order Round Vases direct from us here!
or from these online retailers:
Or you can contact us for more information or to order.
very large — 12 inch (ochre) - $580
sorta large — 9 inch (blue-green) - $520
Part Scrap Rounds (since 1999):
very large — 12 inch (grey) - $540
sorta large — 9 inch (black) - $420
Ellipse (since 1994):
7 × 13 inches (spray blue-black) - $400
The ring on the ellipse vase is thicker, front to back, than any round except the Big vase, and it has three relatively large openings for flowers. The ellipse's feet are two lengths of round rod, which lie flat on the ground.
Designs copyright © 1981-2022 David M Bowman