porto novo/platinum bottle stopper and stand/platinum bottle stopper and stand

a bottle stopper and stand made from hand-dug Austrian stoneware.
the contemporary shape belies the archaic raw materials.
unrefined clay, reed ash, wood ash and feldspar for the glaze and real platinum for the overglaze.
the bottle itself is a generic glass liquor bottle, but the label was designed for this project by graphic designer Ben Tousley.
he took inspiration from the ubiquitous hand-painted signboards that can be found all over Benin