Handmade Wine Chillers

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March 2, 2011
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  The artist said that the goal of his work is to “allow nature to have its say.”  Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
    The artist said that the goal of his work is to “allow nature to have its say.” Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
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  Artist Michael Wisner not only hand-dug the clay on site at Newton Vineyard for his limited-edition wine chillers and coaster sets, but hand-built and shaped each object as well.
    Artist Michael Wisner not only hand-dug the clay on site at Newton Vineyard for his limited-edition wine chillers and coaster sets, but hand-built and shaped each object as well.
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  Once he’d made the chiller’s cylinder, Wisner sculpted the object with a cutting blade.
    Once he’d made the chiller’s cylinder, Wisner sculpted the object with a cutting blade.
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  Wisner impressed and incised his pattern into the clay, using a tool he fashioned from a hacksaw blade.
    Wisner impressed and incised his pattern into the clay, using a tool he fashioned from a hacksaw blade.
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  Wisner can judge the temperature inside his kiln by the color of the clay as it’s firing.  Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
    Wisner can judge the temperature inside his kiln by the color of the clay as it’s firing. Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
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  Each hand-made chiller and coaster was signed and numbered by the artist before being fired in a kiln.
    Each hand-made chiller and coaster was signed and numbered by the artist before being fired in a kiln.
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  When fired at 2200 degrees Fahrenheit, the tan clay turned a pure, ivory white.  No glazing was necessary.  Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
    When fired at 2200 degrees Fahrenheit, the tan clay turned a pure, ivory white. No glazing was necessary. Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
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  Both the chiller and the wine are placed in a refrigerator for two hours before consumption.  The chiller will keep the wine at optimum temperature throughout dinner.  Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
    Both the chiller and the wine are placed in a refrigerator for two hours before consumption. The chiller will keep the wine at optimum temperature throughout dinner. Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
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  When chilled to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, Wisner said, the taste of Newton Vineyard’s Chardonnay “explodes in your mouth.”  Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
    When chilled to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, Wisner said, the taste of Newton Vineyard’s Chardonnay “explodes in your mouth.” Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
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  Wisner crafted only 100 chillers and coaster sets, to be released for sale to the public on Earth Day 2011.  Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
    Wisner crafted only 100 chillers and coaster sets, to be released for sale to the public on Earth Day 2011. Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
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  A pioneer winemaker in Napa Valley, Newton Vineyard is known for its unfiltered and naturally fermented wines.
    A pioneer winemaker in Napa Valley, Newton Vineyard is known for its unfiltered and naturally fermented wines.
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  The finished chiller and coaster sets are the result of what Wisner calls a “dance and a collaboration with nature.”Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!   Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
    The finished chiller and coaster sets are the result of what Wisner calls a “dance and a collaboration with nature.”

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    Courtesy of Copyright: Gregor Halenda.
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