The history of terrazzo can be traced back to the early stages of the Neolithic period. The form of terrazzo used today derives from 18th century Venice. It was created when resourceful Venetian mosaic workers discovered a way to reuse marble remnants. With odd-sized chips, they began to build terraces around their living quarters. During the Art Deco and Art Moderne periods from the 1920s to the 1940s, the popularity of terrazzo as a material rose. Architects of that time were the first to recognize the vast design potential of terrazzo and its unlimited spectrum of colours and colour combinations.
While terrazzo surfaces consist of durable materials such as marble, granite, concrete or metal aggregates mixed with cement or epoxy, the terrazzo vases explore terrazzo production techniques with porcelain as an exciting new material. The coloured chips are pre-made using a marbling technique and are later integrated into the slip casting process to blend with the main body. Each vase only reveals colours and its unique patterns after being sanded down.
“I am looking for innovation through experimentation with the materials, their manipulation and processes involved,” says Natascha. “I work on the fine line between experimental and functional objects.”
Porcelain terrazzo vases are handcrafted to order. There will be slight variations in the patterns and colours between each vase.