Ghost Bottle | "Bartlett's"

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Ghost Bottles are salvaged glass brewing vessels or "demijohns". Repeatedly painted and sanded to reveal layers of colour across a smooth or textured surface, Ghost Bottles have an almost ceramic tactility. They are one-of-a-kind pieces resembling artefacts dredged from the ocean or found on the seashore, touched by oceanic life and bleached by the sun. Bartlett's is a quiet beach by a headland and my favourite near my parents in mid-coast New South Wales. When the tide is out you can sometimes find fossils in the sedentary rock. 

Dimensions: ~17cm x 31cm | Colours: Earthy and pale greens, pink and neutrals. Texture: leaf imprints.

Milk paint provides rich colour and, when layered, an unpredictable crackle. For textured bottles, a mix of clay and calcium carbonate powder creates a built-up surface in which leaf matter or textiles are imprinted, and sometimes left.