rock bottom vessel

February 11, 2013

I've always loved a bit of the unexpected when it comes to accessories in a home. Owning a few unconventional items always make for interesting discussions, or a glimpse into the world that we might never have exposure to see and touch.

The world of science has always fascinated me.   Well, actually it's the labware that I'm so drawn to.

Ornate pieces of glass...The lingerie of the industrial world, filled with magic!

Just because I will never have the opportunity to use labware in a traditional sense of science, doesn't mean I couldn't explore and find a place for it in the non-traditional.  So I ordered some up for design prototype purposes and mixed it up a bit...

The "rock bottom vessel", is made from hand pressed concrete and infused with natural pigments to create an alluring smokey look through the stone.  Cratered in the concrete is a 1000ml round bottom boiling flask made of Borosilicate glass that can tolerate varying degrees of temperature both hot and cold.   One minute you can fill it up with ice-cold lemonade and the next some steaming hot soup.

Leave it to the world of science for such stylish functionality.

Prefect for swirling magic liquids around and then corking and storing for later.

The great thing is, folks are intrigued about the glass and it's use in a traditional way, which sparked a bit of research and some neat fact hunting,  which of course needs to be shared.  How impressive will it be when one can ramble off the history of glass over dinner.

Information obtained from Wikipedia for "glass" states: "The history of creating glass can be traced back to 3500 BCE in Mesopotamia. The term glass developed in the late Roman Empire. It was in the Roman glassmaking center at Trier, now in modern Germany, that the late-Latin term glesum originated, probably from a Germanic word for a transparent, lustrous substance."

 For more details on the types of glass and the specific chemical compositions click on the link:

Borosilicate glass was first developed by German glassmaker Otto Schott in the late 19th century,

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