Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jonathan Adler Inspired Vases

I've admired Jonathan Adler's textural pottery for quite some time. You may have seen some of his work, like these three beautiful examples on the left that range in price from $78 to $200.
The photo on the far right is by another designer, Kelly Wearstler. It's a brass studded vase and retails for $895!  I thought I'd try and do my own version of these with vases I picked up at the dollar store.
Here is what I gathered...I did not pay more than $2.99 per vase.
I found the Crayola Air-Dry clay and puffy paint at Michael's and I picked up the pastry tip to use as a tiny cookie cutter.
I rolled the clay out just as I would for cookie dough, and cut out the shapes with a mini cookie cutter.
Parchment paper kept the clay from sticking to the table.
I sprayed the large vase with grey primer which had the added advantage of covering the printed design which was too distracting for me to work with.  A drop of glue on the back of the clay shapes helped them stick to the vase once they dried. 
For the white vase, I decided to try a simple dot pattern with the puffy paint.  A rubber band helped keep the rows of dots straight and I was able to mark 1-inch spaces on the band with a marker.
When I finished, I gave all the vases a few coats of white spray paint and then applied clear polyurethane. Okay, so they're not as fabulous as Jonathan Adler's but they look pretty darn elegant and my total for everything was under $25 including supplies!

This was posted on Today's Creative Blog


  1. wow! Rita this is magnificent. I have never seen anything like this before.

  2. Beautiful! You did a great job! Beth K.

  3. Beautiful vases! What a transformation! I found you through The Shabby Nest. Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. These are absolutely gorgeous!!!! I've seen others use caulk to create their designs, but this way offers so many more options! Visiting from Wendy's blog.
    :-) Sue

  5. Love your vases! They're so unique!

  6. Those are AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing! This is going straight to my pinterest boards. These would be fantastic holiday presents.

    I also saw you on The Shabby Nest.

  7. Rita, these are absolutely amazing. I'm blown away!! I guess the next task is for me to find some vases (and pin this baby)! So happy you were able to link up with Mop It Up Mondays. Thanks bunches for stopping by!

    1. One quick question...did you freehand the swirly one? It's fantastic.

  8. I think they look fabulous! Very unique, and classy. I'm guessing you freehanded the swirly one? I like that one best. 900$ for a vase is so incredibly ridiculous, good job on making your own, you should be very proud!

  9. If you have something in near perfect condition, that would really be amazing and you would expect it to be worth a lot of money. This brings us on to my next point antique art deco glass vases


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