A design from the 1970s, usually attributed to Tamara Aladin. The vase is turned mould blown by hand, in coloured glass.
The design - with its cog shaped outline - is influenced by the aesthetics of industrial design, engineering, and architecture. The vase is often nicknamed a ‘camshaft’ vase, which underlines this engineering look.
The colour is wonderfully evocative of the 1970s.
This ‘industrial aesthetic’ was promoted at the Machine Art Exhibition (MoMA Exh. #34, March 5-April 29, 1934), co curated by the architect Philip Johnson. It is an exhibition which Tamara Aladin, who studied ceramics at art school, would have been aware of.
This exhibition presented engineering and mechanical design, as if art artefacts - from large engine gearing cogs, to aeronautical propellers.
The exhibition is important in linking art, design, and craft as aesthetic realms to explore.
If you have not seen the catalogue to the show - and the reams of writing on the show, and it’s influence - I highly recommend taking the time to google it at least!
This is a beautiful example of design history.