Today’s projects are large, medium, and small variations of cylinders. In addition to the variations in size, they are constructed from different materials.
The big, vintage traditional Japanese vase was made by fusing two cylinders together to create an object that is more pleasing to the eye. The complexity was multiplied by the painted-on details of people and floral designs. I decided to use an over-size chrysanthemum with dried elements in this floor vase.
The medium size cylinder was carved from solid marble, so it’s a heavy piece, too. I use it as a planter to contain cacti and succulents.
The small cylinder is actually a vodka sipping tumbler. It has been temporarily re-purposed as a vase for a grouping of small, narcissus-type flowers. The English translation of the brand name of the vodka is “Veselav Charodei Vodka”.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the ancient Greco-Roman essayist, Plutarch. “[Archimedes] is said to have requested his friends and relations that when he was dead, they would place over his tomb a sphere containing a cylinder, inscribing it with the ratio which the containing solid bears to the contained.”