heiki vase handblown studio glass

HEIKI & MINI HEIKI

Inspired by a simple fix on an old sauna ladle handle, fixed with wire and outright everyday genius. Heiki (named after the man who invented the fix) are freehand blown containers, soft and bulbous, each a one-off.

Heiki is a real challenge in its making, with the two holes drilled into the glass while still hot, and the use of several distinct glass colours. 
Each Heiki Container has its unique handle, fixed onto it after the glass has cooled down. The handle is made in two parts, which are attached to one another on the glass piece itself through wrapping yarn or wire.

Developed upon a wish by a Parisian gallery, Heiki is now available as an adorable Mini version.

More secrets about the making : Timing is crucial in the making of the Heiki vases. Just after having been blown, and still hot and malleable, the Heiki has to be detached from the blowing iron to give form to the opening of the vase. The outer rim of the Heiki is originally the inside of the "glass bubble", thus its round and soft edges. The next step will be to drill the holes into the hot glass and to keep them until the glass has cooled down. The result, a unique symbol of craftsmanship, who looks shamelessly effortless. 
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