YARRA

Yarra is a promotional product for Australian Gin distillery, 4 Pillars. It consists of a hand-finished box with 4 ceramic wares, all crafted based on the company's four pillars.

Expertise
Case Study, Branding, Material Experimentation

Year of production
2018

Dimensions (box)

L 350 x D 98 x H 93 mm

Material

Copper, Merbau (Insia Bijuga), Tasmanian Oak

Finish

Orange oil

Dimensions (wares)

D 72 x H 66 mm

Material

Black porcelain slip, assortment of glazes

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Copper pot stills at 4 Pillars distillery
Copper plate of box
GREAT COPPER STILLS
The circular copper plate references to the first pillar of company, which are the copper pot stills. It also pays homage to Wilma that was the company’s first still. 
YARRA VALLEY WATER
The second pillar is the water sourced from the Yarra Valley. This is represented by the glazes' shine and gloss after they are high-fired.
Ideation of ceramic wares
Glaze texture on ceramic wares
Spices displayed at 4 Gin distillery
TRADITIONAL, EXOTIC, NATIVE BOTANICALS
The third pillar represent the botanicals used to make great gins. In the fabrication of the 4 Pillars gins, both native and foreign spices such as the lemon myrtle (Queensland and Northern NSW) and star anise (Vietnam) are used.
 
To represent this diversity, the box is made out of Tasmanian Oak (Eucalyptus regnans, Tasmania) and Merbau (Insia Bijuga, Vietnam) wood. Orange oil was used as a polish to reference the use of whole oranges in the distillation.
LOVE FOR THE CRAFT
The final pillar is the love for craft. This aspect is reflected in the  finishing and polishing of the box which are completely done by hand.
Making process of wares
Slip casting process
Box and ceramic wares
Sketches of box development
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Recreating the experience of being at the 4 Pillars distillery itself through the form of a physical product