Kaarsrecht Glas by Pascal Smelik



Dutch graduate Pascal Smelik has created a collection of wine glasses by plunging hot wax into cold water and making casts from the resulting forms.


Called Kaarsrecht Glas, the project involved dropping a box of hot candle wax into cold water.


As the top layer of wax hardens it begins to float, drawing up the wax below and forming the stem.


The cups are made by dipping a balloon filled with cold water into hot wax until several layers form.


The two components are then joined and used to make a mould, from which the glasses are cast.


Smelik completed the project while studying at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands.


Here's some text from the designer:


The inspiration for my product is the idea that every product has a unique shape. For the wineglasses I have dropped a heavy bucket of hot wax in high box of cold water. What happens is, the bucket will land on the bottom of the box with cold water.


The first liquid hot candle wax that comes in contact with the cold water becomes solid and wants to float, so bizarre shapes grow out of the bucket to the water surface.


These shapes i will use for the stem of my wineglass. The cup is a different story, i fill up a balloon with water dip it a few times in a bucket of hot candle wax. After a while when it is thick enough i pop the balloon and the cup is there. To turn it into a glass piece, i used the kiln cast technique. Break open the mould, and the wineglass is finished.

Posted on Thursday August 20th 2009 at 5:25 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Michael

    There is a certain sense of weightlessness and weight at the same time. They feel like the frozen forms of jellyfish taken from their suspended state. Would love to see more, including failed attempts as well.

  • wentao

    beautiful,but some stems are too slim

  • OMG, fantastic! Very poetic work. These glasses make me think of entropy and wabi sabi and I love thinking of entropy and wabi sabi. Delicious.

  • Awesome!

    Just imagine a crazy evening with your best friends having drinks with these wine glasses… ;)

    Francois Beydoun

  • toodles

    sorry to be a stick in the mud but glass is sharp. When it is coming from such an unpredictable mould you wil have a dangerous or uncomfortable piece. Unless you manually adjust every wax piece beforehand.
    Also this technique has been borrowed from somewhere. I won’t go into detail. but it has been taken


  • Incredible process, I would adore them even more in black.

  • To Toodles: In all manufactures of crystal or glass that I visited for my work, all the products at the end of the manufacturing need to be check finished by hand, for two reasons: security + quality…

    Regarding borrowing an idea why not? If this only for inspiration (and not to steal an idea). Because if we don’t do so we will never have any evolution in our daily life.

    Francois Beydoun

  • paulus

    Very nice work. very poetical.

  • Amazing glass!

  • steve

    To Toodles:
    Whoever you think that this has been borrowed from… bad news for you… whoever you think was the first to come up with this technique, they ‘borrowed’ it from somebody else!

    Like Francois said: evolution.

  • Dr Randolph Ringfield III

    These are outstanding!
    I will buy your design right now. I would expect to pay up to £500,000 for all rights to the product.
    Please contact my staff if interested.

  • ally

    to be honest, the glasses look pretty nice but I know at least 10 people who worked with the same process and with more impressive visual results. Not to say that you shouldn’t work with that technique either but what is the real question is how you are going to turn this into a functional product. As for all the people i know that worked with this technique never managed to get it to a workable and still nice result.

  • John


    Functional product?! Does art in general have any functionallity? These glasses are able to hold liquid fluids and to drink from, but isn’t it the way every individual human looks at its shape that makes art valueable? We buy paintings too, regardless of its functionallity. Its the way the artist made the painting and what feeling it gives us that makes the object/painting or whatever that gives it value!

    Furthermore, maybe the people YOU know didn’t get it workable, thats why someone you DON’T know (Pascal Smelik this time) did get it workable.

    I’ve never seen this technique before and if it would have been used before the artist just perfected its final result, such as Facebook did a better job in reinventing social network vs MySpace. Like mentioned earlier products are evolving everyday….