Some things are simply timeless. And urns and vessels are often in that category. For example, there are some urns and vessels on display in the Dallas Museum of Art on the 2nd floor that are as gorgeous today as they were in well, various ridiculously old dates BC! I marvel at the many shapes and patina, and I want them! Stunning one and all.
What's so great about urns and vessels is that they can go virtually anywhere, and can be fabulous either empty or filled with flowers, palm leaves, succulents, etc. And they travel around so effortlessly within fine interior design. Tired of that urn on the fireplace mantel? Well, it suddenly becomes fresh and new on the console table down the hall. I've had urns and vessels for years and they've reinvented themselves many times. If a cat has nine lives, then an urn or vessel can easily have hundreds. And in the end I have such sentimental attachment to them.
OK, I simply love to create interesting arrangements out of differing vessels and urns. I love to mix shape, color, size, texture. And in the end the collection always looks so vividly sculptural and soothing. And they also serve a function too, as I always know my keys are safely right there inside one of them. And I do that for selfish reasons too, as there is something about that feel of a time worn glaze on a handmade pottery vessel. I enjoy just running my hand across it to remember the quality and love put into it when made by hand.
No talk of urns and vessels is complete without talk of fresh flowers too. Urns and vessels simply adore them. And frankly I sometimes like that haphazard look , like you just walked in from the garden and placed fresh cut flowers there as an afterthought. Very elegant, such an Objet Petit A extraordinaire! So never feel like the flowers have to be too "arranged" all the time.
Now, no talk of vessels and urns is complete without mentioning exquisite glass objects either. And they are as varied and lovely as the day is long. I love to mix and match as many great shapes and sizes as suits my mood. And they always look so sculptural and inspired. And they can also be so collectible over time! There are many many beautiful varieties and virtually every culture proudly makes them ever so lovingly.
In conclusion, dare to be daring with creative design uses for lovely urns and vessels. They will give back many times over and for years to come.
Laura Lee Clark