One man’s mooring buoys are this woman’s fireballs. A veteran architect, Sandra Vlock’s birthday gift for her brother three years ago has turned into a hot design business.
Studio Vlock opened last summer so she could “re-focus my creative energy as an artist designing what I call ‘functional fine art,’” the founder says, adding, “As I see it, this is not a departure from what I value most as an architect; creating an authentic sense of place and inspiring opportunities for social gathering.”
Repurposing vintage mooring buoys of various sizes as “Fireballs” and working in steel plate to create “Screen Plays” as fire screens and architectural elements is the starting point for Vlock. Recent installations include a “Harvest” Fireball at the Chamard Vineyard in Connecticut, a “Desert Dream” Fireball at the Ruin Venue in Joshua Tree, and two “Maritime” Fireballs at the Winvian Farm Resort in Litchfield, Connecticut. Private commissions include a “Maritime” Fireball for Islamorada (in the Florida Keys) and two “Turtle Play” fireplace screens for a home in Bermuda. In-progress work includes a customized Fireball for a client on the Connecticut shoreline and another in Cape Cod.
The Fireball sizes available are 58 inches, 40 inches and 28 inches diameters. Prices start at $20,000, $14,000 and $8,000 respectively and include a custom tripod base. You can share your own inspirations with Vlock to have something customized to your personal desires