Sometimes a customer asks how we feel about parting with one of our pieces. While all of our creations are our “babies,” we’re also happy to see each one go to a good home. Jay or I are birth parents who are pleased that someone has adopted our beauties. Within the past couple weeks a number of pieces we have loved became the cherished possessions of new admirers.
A visitor to the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture (and furnishings) Show who loves the color blue chose two pasta bowls for herself. The first bowl she fell in love with features several blue hues with green flecks. Then she spotted a pastel design of sea blue circles against a lavender-blue background (see photo featured at top). The styles are very different, but then so are our children.
Coincidentally another customer chose a one-candle bridge made in the same manner that I’d made the “Blue Contrasts with Green” bowl. It often happens that several similar pieces sell in the same show, a phenomenon that is not always connected to a color decorating trend or to what is newest from our kilns. Is it simply a mood among show visitors or does it have something to do with us?
Someone else chose a four-candle bridge I call “Summer Garden.” Other than the base glass the candle bridge was made entirely of frit (ground glass) and looks like an Impressionist garden with multiple tones of red and green. The candle bridge makes me think of Monet’s “The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil,” some of Childe Hassam’s paintings of gardens on the Isles of Shoals, the poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, and the Crimson Rambler roses Jay and I planted at our first house.
Frit in tones of red and blue constitute the design for a short oval dish inspired by a composite Hubbble telescope photo of 30 Doradus. That dish was chosen by a male buyer to take home to England. Before I wrapped it up, I told him how the photo of the largest star-forming region in or near our galaxy influenced the glass design.
A beautiful pasta bowl that Jay made during the winter was snatched up as soon as a visitor to our studio saw it. The shallow bowl sets smooth red “petals” against blue, lavender, and pink pebbly-texture “rimations” (as Jay calls the interstices). The same person asked to see other dishes with the color red and selected a short oval dish with a bold red curve running across it, and a red, black, and white trivet.
These pieces are a few that found new homes already this spring. On Mothers’ Day weekend we’ll be at the 3rd annual American Artisan Showcase with other glass works wanting to find new “parents.” If you’re interested in taking a lovely piece of glass into your home, consider an outing on May 10th (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) or May 11th (10:00 am to 4:30 pm). The show is indoors at Byers’ Choice workshop in Bucks County, north of Philadelphia near Doylestown. You can get details about the artisan showcase online or call 215.822.3274. Admission is $6 (free for children 12 and under). Download $1 off coupons from the show website or ask us to mail one.