This limited edition batch of Kawa vases includes five original shapes handcrafted by the designer (and Souda's Co-Owner), Luft Tanaka. Each vase included has been made by casting liquid porcelain into a mold that's made entirely of leather. This highly-unique casting method results in ceramics that capture the fluidity and the texture of the leather molds. The leather is able to be used 12 times, but each time a new vase is cast into the mold, the shape comes out a little different.
Each vase starts off as a simple pen drawing. Once Luft determines the approximate forms, he starts sketching the vases in a 3D Modeling software until he is happy with the shape.
Using the 3D model as a guide, Luft creates a fabric pattern for each mold.
The pattern is laid out on high-quality, beautifully textured leather. Each piece of the mold is cut-out and sewn together. Some of the patterns contain over 35 different leather pieces. Once the sewing is complete, the five molds (which at this point resemble inside-out handbags) are ready for casting.
Liquid porcelain is poured directly into each leather mold. Once dried, a seam ripper is used to delicately peal away the leather from the porcelain.
Each piece is fired in a kiln, a clear glaze is applied to the inside of the vases and they are fired a final time.
Dimensions from tallest to shortest:
4.5" D x 14.5" H
5" D x 11" H
4" D x 9.5" H
3.5" D x 7" H
3.5" D x 5" H.