Dewar Glassware

The Flask Vase, Flask Light and Dewar Light are some of the outcomes from a continuing investigation into the beauty, form and manufacturing techniques found in scientific glassware. As a direct result of the production processes used in its creation, Laboratory glassware has a very specific formal language. All vessels and instruments start as glass tubes that are reshaped on lathes under extreme heat. Cork parts are often used to connect the various instruments or to seal the vessels.

The project is named after James Dewar who was in search of the absolute zero temperature point and invented the Dewar flask or isolating container. These containers (also known as Thermos flasks) use two walls of glass which sandwich a thin layer of silver to reflect the heat. These relatively complex parts can be found inside the everyday coffee flask and were the inspiration for this project and its initial outcomes.

Dimensions: various

Materials: glass, silver, cork, borosilicate glass

Year: 2012

Available via the webstore.

David Derksen