Drawing from the Unnatural Practice philosophy, the Tephra series is born out of contradictions. Counter-intuitive forces protect the botanic matter envelopped within, offering an unusual sculptural assemblage.
Available Metal Coatings:
Composition of Flowers:
The objects from the Tephra collection are built using specially treated flowers mounted on sculptural forms made of steel wire and jute, metallised using a thermo-coating technique that covers the dense textures in a paper-thin layer of molten metal.
The collection draws its name from the geological term indicating petrified fragments spat from volcanoes. The organic, abstract shapes built with real flowers, jute and steel and unified by liquid metal, resemble extraterrestrial forms born from the bosom of the Earth. The result is an almost Pompeiian effect of silhouettes covered in volcanic debris.
The Tephra samples are available in a variety of metallisation options, in matte (textured) or polished finish. It usually takes around 8 weeks to produce and ship a new Tephra sample. We kindly request our clients to return the samples to our studio after 4-6 weeks, unless otherwise agreed.
• We have implemented the Tephra technique in functional and decorative items alike, starting from vases and sculptures, and moving on to credenzas. We can also build entire panels “woven” with the flower-embellished fabric. Mounted on hand-bent and welded steel wire, the pieces are solidified with a metal-spraying technique that preserves and protects the organic matter.
• Fragility: The objects are made using natural components sealed with a protective layer of resin and metal. However, occasional irregularities may occur as part of the metallisation process, revealing underlying organic elements. These should be treated as an individual specificity of each object.
Lead times vary depending on the type of order and our current schedule but generally range between 8-12 weeks for Tephra Sculptures and Vases, and 22–28 weeks for larger pieces.
The metal surface can be cleaned using a microfiber duster (for polished surfaces only), a dust brush, or compressed air. Do not use any other cleaning solutions. When handling the object, use rubber gloves to avoid leaving any marks. Please handle the pieces with extreme care and hold them by the steel frame and not the flower ornaments.