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Stacking Vessels by Utopia & utility

Posted on May 2, 2016 by

Based in East London and North Germany, piadesign studio focuses on fine craft production for a global clientele. Founder Pia Wüstenberg is a graduate of Glass, Ceramic and Metal design from Surrey Institute of Art and Design and also studied Furniture Design and
Craftsmanship at Bucks New University. In addition to piadesign, Pia also founded her own design, manufacturing and distribution company Utopia & utility, which she launched in 2012 with her brother Moritz.

One of piadesign’s most popular designs is the Stacking Vessel. These beautiful ‘functional sculptures’ are available in a variety of versions and combine Pia’s passion for, and expertise in, glass, ceramic and metal design. Each material requires a different craft technique and we were intrigued by the contrasts of the colourful designs. So, we set out to learn more about the processes behind the pieces.

Glass is heated to extremely high temperatures in order to make it more malleable.

Glass is heated to extremely high temperatures in order to make it more malleable.
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Inside the piadesign workshop, glass is thoroughly heated to increase its malleability and in order to mould it to the desired shape. This glass piece will form the joining component between the base and top of the vessel’s design.

The glass is carefully attached to the ceramic base.

The glass is carefully attached to the ceramic base.
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The process of making the ceramic base is difficult as it is is a hard substance to control. After firing the clay to harden it, it is then turned by hand and carefully air-dried before being glazed and fired. At this point, the extremely hot glass is attached to the ceramic base.

Wood is sanded to form the tops of the Stacking Vessels.

Wood is sanded to form the tops of the Stacking Vessels.
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Much of the wood used for the Stacking Vessels is from the Alder tree, native to Finland and found on the country’s more remote islands. Once chopped, the wood must be slowly dried before production can commence.

Brass and Copper bases are laid out on display after their production and whilst they await assembly.

Brass and Copper components are laid out on display after production and whilst they await assembly.
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As well as the ceramic based Stacking Vessel, there are also copper and brass based variations. And the team can utilise a range of other metals too. Each of the designs is given to a London based, family-run business for shaping and finishing.

piadesign's Stacking Vessles come in a variety of sizes.

piadesign’s Stacking Vessels come in a variety of sizes.
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The Stacking Vessels are available to buy in a variety of sizes, ready to be incorporated into to any home or interior. No matter the size however, the same level of skill and attention is applied by the team in order to achieve the amazing precision that is evident in their products.

The Stacking Vessels are available in a variety of colours and sizes.

The Stacking Vessels also available in a variety of colours and sizes.
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You can choose from a wide range of Stacking Vessels in different colours and sizes. And each piece is so beautiful that it can simply be used as a decorative accessory, even without flowers.

See the full Stacking Vessel collections on Utopia & utility’s website.

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