Finnish artist Tuomas Markunpoika makes incredible hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind vases in limited-edition series. But these aren't ceramic or glass-- they're made of colored pencils. Far from looking crafty, his creations have all the elegance of natural wood with a punch of unexpected color from the pencils.
He starts by gluing the pencils to a flat sheet.
Once he has several layers, he uses a machine lathe.
The lathe goes over and over until the vase form starts to take shape.
He uses one color for each vase.
Once they are varnished to a gloss, it's hard to believe how they started out.
It's only very close up that you can still see the hexagonal shape.
Making a geometric hive pattern.
And each vase is completely unique.
What a beautiful way to repurpose everyday objects.
Credit: Tuomas Markunpoika