Ink Takes Shape


Call for Artists! 

For the 2019 production I would like to invite vessel makers and especially glass blowers to participate in the Ink Takes Shape collaboration.

Please contact me with your website, photos of work, or an expression of interest: tmcl(at)maiwa(dot)com. 


This is a design collaboration between ink maker Tim McLaughlin and artisan glassblowers, potters and makers of vessels.

The collaboration includes a commission for a set of vessels, each of which will hold up to 2 oz (60 ml) of a special annual ink production. The collaboration is designed to showcase the artisan’s voice as expressed through the creation of a series of vessels.

The works will be featured with artisan profiles and biographies. The works will be photographed and exhibited online and in other settings. Finished bottles with ink will be offered for sale.

Tech specs:

A closed vessel or bottle. Designed as a series of similar items. They need not be identical, but they should be similar. For example pottery bottles should all have the same glaze but it need not be exactly the same in each bottle.

Pottery bottles need to have an inside glaze. The outside may be glazed or unglazed.

Opening: no smaller than ½ inch (to permit dip pens to be used). The bottles will be stoppered with corks and sealed with wax. Overly tall necks should be avoided and the bottle should be stable.

Volume: exact volume is not critical as long as the bottles can accommodate 2 oz (60 ml) of ink.

Shape, colour, design … all up to the artisan. The surface of the vessel should be a considered expression of the vessel-makers art. They do not need to be designed to accommodate a label (these may be attached with string, or may be included in the packaging). 

Number of pieces: 50 - 100. A conversation on pricing will happen before production.

Think of these works as showcase pieces - suitable for a gallery show or online exhibition. The commission comes with a modest design fee for the vessel maker.

Ink pots are part of the collective memory of human civilization. Egyptian, Chinese, Roman … all civilizations have made them. Imagine these items being found one thousand years from now …