Marc Fish, ‘Marc Fish, Smoke Erosion Vessel, UK, 2017’, 2017, Todd Merrill Studio
Marc Fish, ‘Marc Fish, Smoke Erosion Vessel, UK, 2017’, 2017, Todd Merrill Studio
Marc Fish, ‘Marc Fish, Smoke Erosion Vessel, UK, 2017’, 2017, Todd Merrill Studio

Marc Fish’s “Smoke Erosion Vessel” follows the tradition of Fish’s celebrated Erosion Vessel Series.

This unique work is finished in the style of “show sugi ban,” a Japanese technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. The vessel’s charred surface further extends the “relic” theme. Contrasting the dark, matte surface of the vessel, the unexpected interior is patinated in a yellow silver glaze, employing a process unique to the artist.

Each of Marc Fish’s handmade, unique vessels is created from 600 layers of wood veneer that have been laser-cut and reassembled to form a shape, evocative of an ancient vase. Best described as “contemporary relics,” the works conceptually and aesthetically link the past and the present by a deterioration and re-creation. Inspired by ancient pottery, they implement modern-day sculpting techniques, yielding a fresh and unprecedented aesthetic. Each vessel features a unique level of “decay.”

Fish explains, “The vessels explore the notion of found, ancient objects being recreated with modern and traditional craftsmanship.” Showcasing Fish’s incredible mastery of the most refined practices in micro stack-lamination today, the works are made with cold-carving and laser cutting technology, forgoing the traditional use of heat.

Dimensions: 11.2” H x 7.5” W inches

About Marc Fish

Known for his handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces, Marc Fish began creating industrial design works around the year 2000, when he found himself harboring what he identified as “a burning desire to create six dining chairs.” With a background in metal fabrication, Fish gravitates toward the use of steel in his designs, though he has also developed experimental techniques for manipulating materials—such as micro-stacking laminated wood and creating a double-compound curve in wood. His ongoing, iconic “Signature” line adds only one new design per year. Fish draws inspiration from natural forms and historical precedents, particularly Victorian natural history, mollusks, and the Nautilus shell.

British, based in London, United Kingdom