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Vessel 2003

Vladimir Böhm (born 1970, Croatia)

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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Photo: Mike Davidson, Positive Image / Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

Vladimir Böhm studied English at London Metropolitan University concurrently with an HND in Silversmithing and Jewellery at Sir John Cass School of Design, graduating in 1998. He then went on to take an MA in Silversmithing and Jewellery also at Sir John Cass School of Design, graduating 2001. Since then Böhm has built a reputation for creating precious metal vessels with applied vitreous enamel. Böhm now lives and works in London. He won the Evening Standard Award for Best Domestic Product at Chelsea Crafts Fair in 2002 and in 2003 had a vessel commissioned by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. All of Böhm’s vessels are handmade using traditional silversmithing techniques. He works with opaque enamels in a limited palette of light colours, which allows him to focus on the material properties of enamel and to explore unusual textural qualities. In the conventional sense Böhm’s work at first may appear incomplete and somewhat unfinished. The enamel is neither glossy nor shiny and the vessel itself has uneven walls with a textural surface evident through the enamel. In some places the enamel itself is fragmentary and pitted. This 'un-finishedness' is carefully chosen. Böhm relishes the random coincidences of the enamelling process that bring texture and interesting surfaces, sometimes feeding the enamel with sand, ash and clay. When an object is removed from the kiln he works on the glossy enamel surface to achieve a richer texture with a combination of glass etching creams, matting salts, stoning and grinding. This beautiful vessel also illustrates an austerity not often associated with enamelling, where tightly controlled cloisonné is so often the norm. In this instance as the enamel has thinned and pooled over the walls it has adopted opalescent qualities and a subtle variation of colour, taking a pinkish cast in some places as it interacts with the metal surface below.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from the artist, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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