The designer bemoans the fact that the pencil is under-appreciated. It is the link between an artist's thoughts and creations. In making these vases, he is giving the pencil top billing and making it the art form.
He says that he always had a jar of them sitting on his desk and "I realised how beautiful and interesting they are as objects. Using them only to illustrate my ideas seemed as if I was not using them to their full potential."