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A vase made with advanced ceramic 3D printing technology.
55 backers pledged $2,395 to help bring this project to life.
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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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The Bre & Co. Bud Vase
The Bre & Co. Bud Vase

Bre & Co.’s Bud Vase was designed digitally in CAD 3D modelling software before being produced on a Lutum ceramic 3D printer. The printer builds up each vase layer by layer, resulting in horizontal fluting. The vases are then fired once, glazed, and fired again until the glaze is smooth and glassy. We intentionally designed a form that goes beyond the printer’s capabilities and challenges the structural integrity of the final print. As the printer builds up the layers of clay, the overhangs are pulled down by gravity.

Finished bud vases, fresh from the kiln!
Finished bud vases, fresh from the kiln!

The form of the vase is inspired by pieces by George Ohr, an artist potter active at the turn of the century. His pieces often featured pinched and squashed shapes, although he used a traditional potter’s wheel rather than the 3D modelling and printing technology we work with at Bre. & Co.

Option 1 - clear glaze
Option 1 - clear glaze

The Bre & Co. workshop is at the crossroads between craftsmanship and manufacturing. We produce heirloom-quality gifts in Brooklyn, NY. If the demand for these vases is high, we will be making them available on our website - but our backers on Kickstarter are getting a special deal because we would increase the price.

Option 2 - blue rutile glaze
Option 2 - blue rutile glaze

If you are living outside of the U.S. and are interested in supporting this project, please reach out and we can research shipping options to make the Bud Vase available to you.

Risks and challenges

Barring natural disasters, this project is as close to risk-free as it can be. Our printer has been working daily to produce these bud vases, and we are ready to glaze each vase to order and send them out to supportive backers.

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    Bud Vase - Clear Glaze

    The Bre & Co. Bud Vase finished with a clear, glossy vase. This option is elegant and minimal. 4"H x 2"W x 2.5"L

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    Bud Vase - Blue Rutile Glaze

    The Bre & Co. Bud Vase finished with blue rutile glaze, featuring a brown background where glaze is thin and running blue highlights where glaze is thick. This option is striking and dramatic. 4"H x 2"W x 2.5"L

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    Set of Two Bud Vases

    The best of both worlds! A set of two Bre & Co. Bud Vases, one of each color.

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