Ghost Bottle | "Pinky'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. Located on Wadjemup/Rottnest Island, off the coast of Western Australia, Pinky Beach is enclosed by a reef, with crystal clear water and, these days, posh dining. But if you refer to it as "Pinky's" then perhaps, as a teenager, you'll have escaped the family holiday accommodation and sat with your friends, after dark, on the cool, white sand.

Dimensions: ~15cm x 24cm | Colours: Chalk white and shades of pink. Texture: Japanese maple leaves imprinted and embedded in the clay/calcium carbonate layer. 

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.