During the first Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020 The Bottle Vase Project reached Andrea Arias in Panama. Being a colourful artist herself she got inspired and started looking near the waters in her hometown, Panama City. As the country doesn’t have waste collection everywhere, many people in rural areas have a habit of dumping trash in rivers, which floats down the rivers into the ocean. At the beach she found an awful lot of bottles. Andrea gave her own twist to the project: She painted and decorated the plastic bottles with her typical Andrea Arias signature. With the sales she raised funds for a local charity that cleans rivers and beach in innovative ways: Marea Verde Panama.
When Foekje heard about Andrea’s project she was obviously excited and offered to collaborate to raise more money for the good cause. Andrea went back to the beach to collect more trash and together they choose this Rosita to become limited edition #104. Whilst Foekje copied Rosita in porcelain, Andrea made the packaging for this very special edition.
#104 Rosita comes in an edition of only 60 pieces per colour. Each bottle is hand numbered. All profits will be donated to Marea Verde in Panama.
The outside of the stained porcelain is biscuit which gives a mat finish similar to plastic. The inside of the bottle is glazed to make it waterproof and suitable as a vase or container. The bottle vase #104 Rosita spring is signed at the bottom. It measures 27,7 x 11,5 x 6,4 cm.
The Bottle Vase Project wants to spread awareness about plastic soup, also known as ‘the great pacific garbage patch’, it is characterised by exceptionally high concentrations of plastics that have been trapped there by the circulating currents. Plastic waste drifts there from all over the world, after floating down rivers into seas. Plastics are not biodegradable; they only break down into smaller pieces called microplastics. These are extremely dangerous as they enter the food chain and threaten all kinds of species, including human beings.
This porcelain vase is hand made in Portugal. The orignal plastic bottle is used to create a mould. Pigmented liquid porcelain is poured into the mould, leaving a thin layer that forms the shape. After drying, the inside of the bottle is glazed lead-free and fired at 1300 ºC. All this handwork is done by a team of seven craftsmen, therefore none of the bottles are exactly the same. The picture shown is an indication, minor changes in color are possible. Overall the surface is smooth but small defaults do occur and should be considered as a quality of the product.
The vases will be shipped plastic free and double boxed.
Please follow these instructions to keep the outer surface of the bottles vase pristine state. After using the vase, wash the bottle with mild soap, warm water and a brush. Leave it to dry on a clean towel. Grease stains can be removed by rubbing in soft soap, leaving it overnight and cleaning as directed above. Always keep this bottle indoors and store in a dry place as moist dirt might get into the outer surface over time. Liquids can also be stored in the bottle vase; we suggest using a cork to close the bottle.