Curious bud vase that I had to buy for its quirkiness. 25cm tall and very heavy (1.25kg) - almost as though the neck would break if handled improperly. Annoyingly, the label covers the designer's signature, and I'm a bit reluctant to remove it. At first I thought, AHA! it appears to be made by Justyna Turek
, judging by the label on the base (J TUREK?) and my extensive knowledge of Czech (
) suggests the "Umělecká" on the label means 'Art' or Ornamental'.
The other markings on the label are S/258
and below this 500
, which I assume are pattern numbers.
However, while Justyna Turek is only 23 years old (co-incidentally her birthday is today), the label on the base of the vase looks much older.
Her work is interesting though - I love the Ice Ice Baby for its humour!
So is this an exhibition or distributors label going way back? Is there another glass artist with the Turek name?
The only other link to a Turek is this one going back to 2004
, when the GMB itself was in its infancy, and half the links are dead.