Crafting Elegance: Upcycling Clase Azul Tequila Bottles into Vases

Crafting Elegance: Upcycling Clase Azul Tequila Bottles into Vases

Nick Olguin



In the realm of premium tequilas, Clase Azul stands as a beacon of exquisite craftsmanship, with its iconic bottles embodying both elegance and artistry. In this blog post, I delve into my journey of repurposing a Clase Azul bottle into a stunning vase, exploring the inspirations, challenges, and creative process behind this upcycling endeavor.


My inspiration for transforming a Clase Azul bottle into a vase stemmed from a desire to celebrate the inherent beauty of these bottles while also contributing to sustainability efforts through upcycling. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant Mexican culture and the intricate designs adorning Clase Azul bottles, my vision was to create a functional yet visually captivating piece of art that pays homage to its origins.

Clase Azul is more than just a tequila; it is an experience that begins with the beautifully handcrafted bottles. Each bottle is a work of art, meticulously crafted and painted by skilled artisans. The process involves shaping the bottles, hand-painting intricate designs, and firing them in a kiln to create the signature cobalt blue finish. The result is not just a container for a premium spirit but a piece of art that captures the essence of Mexican craftsmanship.

Ceramic artist Ángel Santos. Courtesy of Clase Azul.

While Clase Azul bottles are cherished by collectors, there’s a growing concern about their environmental impact. Recognizing the value in preserving the artistry of these bottles and reducing waste, many have turned to upcycling as a solution. Instead of discarding these beautiful vessels, they can be repurposed into functional and decorative items.

Tequila Clase Azul Artwork Champagne image 1


With the Clase Azul bottle in hand, the crafting process began with careful planning and preparation. Using specialized ceramic-cutting tools, I meticulously scored the bottle along predetermined lines, ensuring precise cuts to achieve the desired shape for the vase. Patience and precision were key as I gradually refined the edges to create a smooth and polished finish.

The final steps involved sealing the paintwork to ensure durability and adding a protective coating to enhance the vase’s luster and then finally I purchased a bouquet of flowers to place in the vase.


The culmination of countless hours of craftsmanship by both me and the original producers resulted in a breathtaking Clase Azul vase that seamlessly blends functionality with artistic flair. The vase exudes a sense of timeless elegance, with its smooth curves, vibrant hues, and intricate detailing serving as a testament to its origins as a premium tequila bottle.

As I step back to admire the finished piece, I am struck by its beauty and significance. The Clase Azul vase stands as a striking centerpiece, commanding attention with its unique blend of sophistication and cultural heritage. Whether displayed solo or adorned with fresh blooms, it serves as a captivating reminder of the beauty that can emerge from the act of repurposing.


Reflecting on my initial goals for this project, I am pleased to say that both the functional and artistic aspects have been successfully realized. The vase not only fulfills its intended purpose as a decorative vessel but also captures the essence of Mexican craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibility.

Next Steps

As I marvel at the completed Clase Azul vase, I am filled with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. However, this is just the beginning of my journey in the world of upcycling. Moving forward, I am eager to explore new opportunities for repurposing materials and channeling creativity into sustainable design initiatives.

The transformation of a Clase Azul bottle into a stunning vase represents more than just a creative project—it is a testament to the potential for beauty and innovation that lies within everyday objects. Through thoughtful craftsmanship and a commitment to sustainability, we can breathe new life into discarded materials and create something truly extraordinary. Cheers to the art of upcycling and the endless possibilities it holds!


The Art of Craft: Ceramicist Ángel Santos Honors the Spirit of Mexico With a New Handcrafted Decanter for Clase Azul

[Note: This blog post is authored by me, with content created with the assistance of AI.]


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2 Comments. Leave new

  • Hello Nick,
    I think you did an amazing job on this project! It was cool how effective the material was for this and using a traditional technique that pulls the aesthetic together perfectly. It is a fun read and I’m just curious to hear if you have used your artifact in action yet and how you like it or if there are some design changes you would make for another iteration.

  • Sierra Greeley
    February 25, 2024 2:03 pm

    Hello Nick,
    I absolutely love your project! I think that this alternative use for a Clase Azul bottle is a great idea, especially because of the price point of one of these bottles. You were able to give a second life to something so expensive and beautiful. Is this something you would want to continue doing and possibly sell? I think that a vase like this would sell well on Etsy. Overall, really cool idea and I like how the final product turned out.


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