You probably wouldn’t think to smash a pretty piece of pottery in order to see what’s underneath – but that is exactly how you interact with Mianne de Vries‘ Curious Vase.

The vase is made in layers; each vase contains two to four. Only by smashing the exterior vase can you see what is hiding within. With each strike of the mallet, you have no idea what to expect.

Will the next crack in the pottery reveal an even more beautiful vase within? Or will it completely ruin the vessel and make it unsuitable for holding anything?

The only way to find the answers to these questions is to crack, smash and destroy these beautifully handmade pieces of pottery. But once you go too far, there is no going back.