Have you ever wondered how the Rock Bottom Concrete Decanter came to be?
My love for science has been with me since I was a child, and I even took a year of kinesiology. But life had other wonderful plans for me. Marriage, kids, home renovating, art, design. As the years went by, I collected science flasks and other scientific oddities, enjoying having them in our home for me and our kids to experience hands-on everyday access to science, no matter if they had the creative mind of their mom or the engineering mind of their dad.
Now...When I was little my parents used to tell me: "Don't sit on the sidewalk or that rock in the winter because it holds the cold and you'll end up with something you don't want." (a bladder infection)
Did you hear this from your parents as well? If not, now you know. : )
One summer evening years ago, when our kids were about 4 and 7, we were outside drawing on the sidewalk with chalk. We explained to them that the sidewalk is made of concrete and has thermal mass properties, so it can hold heat and cold.
This got me thinking: science glass is made of borosilicate glass, which can tolerate extreme temperatures of cold and hot, and concrete can also play with holding temperatures through thermal mass.
This sparked my idea to merge the two and design something for my kids to use in everyday life, allowing them to interact with science, engineering, and art each time they poured a cup of water or juice.
I chose to use a round bottom flask for a specific reason: I wanted the flask and the base to need each other and for the flask to be put back into the base after every use. (After all, isn't it every mom's dream that everyone puts things away?)
This story may have taken you back to science class in high school or playing hop scotch on a warm summer night. Ah, nostalgia! Don't you love it?
The rock bottom decanter is a gentle reminder that home should be a place that ignites our passions, nourishes our lives, and encourages our curiosity.