Shaped By Fire / Drago — A Pair Of Two Glass Treasuries

by Katerina Krotenko Finland

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glass treasury, volume IX no.7&8 with a charred wooden lid

Drago is a sculptural glassware that explores the concept of a treasury — the power of a container object to reflect the value of personally precious natural ingredients or material entities from the places dear to one’s heart.

The name drago summons the image of a dragon. After all, the making process is a captivating play of three elements: fire, wood, and glass.

The project is inspired by the form-making of nature. A series of experiments lead to an enhanced natural metamorphosis of the shape. While burning during the glassblowing process, the wooden mould changes continuously, resulting in a unique form and surface of each piece.

Wood working and mould making, glass hot work and cold work: by the designer herself. Hot work, mouth blowing into a wooden mould: by the glass master. Moulds for glassblowing are made out of up-cycled local timber. The wood for the moulds is consciously selected by the designer to achieve a variety of structures. Hand-drawn shapes transformed with digital graphic tools and produced with industrial CNC machine.The shapes of the wooden lids are first hand-drawn, then fine-tuned in vector curves that are next transformed into 3D shapes and milled with a CNC machine from scrap wood material left after making glass moulds, and finally sanded, charred, and coated with teak oil. Each wooden lid is a unique pair to each unique glass piece, no shape is the same.

Hand-crafted in Finland.

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Katerina is a multicultural designer in vocation to work with heritage contexts. She is keen on metaphysical materiality and believes in soulful objects that inspire the sense of beauty and embody memories & stories. Katerina works with colours, shapes, and materials to delight the senses. The medium she feels the most for is glass, because of its whimsical character that allows for highly intuitive and beautifully spontaneous work. Katerina lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Her art works have been exhibited in Helsinki (Designmuseo, Lokal, Helsinki Design Week), Milan (Milan Design Week, Salone del Mobile, Castello Sforzesco, Museo delle Arti Decorative), Venice (The Italian Glass Weeks, Venice HUB Under35, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin), St.Petersburg (Palaty), Moscow (Decorative Art Museum). Katerina received 4 international awards for her work with glass. Her works are published in design magazines like AD Architectural Digest, Interni, ELLE Decoration, Designboom, DesignMilk, etc.
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