HopStep Family

"Hopstep" series

HopStep Pots - for holding precious liquids be it wine, soy, sake or oil;
or to use as an infusion chamber for teas + flowers. The HopStep family come in kiln cast glass, blown glass, porcelain and stone. This piece is the pivotal one. The name comes from the initial sketched gesture that Aldo needed to get out. A bouncing tick. A hop and a step.

The movement gives the piece its life. Making the final piece in cast crystal is complex, each stage, from building the moulds to hand-sculpting the final piece is slow and precise. Figuring it out involved a two-year research process with Richard Whiteley of Corning Studio, into the making of HopStep and Moustache. Richard is an artist and teacher at Corning. His work focuses primarily on cast glass and explores voids as the primary constructive agent. In his words: ‘The works are built from the inside out; voids are ordered first and external structures are built to encapsulate these spaces. The works explore negative space using glass as a substrate’. Future editions will be made at our studio in Ireland as the ultimate goal is the development and transfer of skills. We have cast 10 with stoppers in a limited edition with Richard and Corning using Irish crystal glass.

The HopStep form has also been hand cast in porcelain in the Netherlands, blown in grey and amber glass by a master blower in the Czech Republic and carved in Belge Noir stone in Italy. Each material presented its own challenges and prices reflect the difficulty of making.

Designer: Aldo Bakker

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