Posts about 'glass'

cohn-stone art glass

fall is right around the corner here in the midwest, so i thought i would show you the rich colors and autumnal shapes in these vibrant, joyous glass collection that california artists michael cohn and molly stone have created.





purchase select pieces at the artful home, and see more rich beauty on michael and molly’s website.

best of the week on roadside scholar

i am writing you from sunny las vegas because it is my birthday weekend and i so enjoy the desert, and the pool by the desert, and being with my sweetie and going places. my favorite is being with my sweetie though. i don’t want to leave you in the lurch though, so here are some of the week’s most popular stories. as always you can click on the photos to read the articles, and click on the hyperlinks to learn more about the artists, items and companies.


holly grace glass and amanda spicer’s illustrations


three questions for susan graham and erin smith’s collage work


interesting tidbits in an interview with gilah press

we had a server outage this weekend which took the site down for quite some time, but now we are back up. if you happened to come over when we were down, thank you for your patience. and thanks too for stopping by to say hi and check in all week. i love visiting with you! next week will be filled with lots of beautiful things, and a few tidbits about me because i’ve been tagged — fun!

holly grace art glass

look here at the stunning glass collection from australian artist holly grace. holly uses sandcarving and mouthblowing techniques to craft her gorgeous works, which are inspired in part by nature, period styles and scandinavian design.





see more beauty on holly’s website.

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cool lamps and lighting (round up)

let’s celebrate the longer days and brighter afternoons that are coming with a fun selection of contemporary lighting for the home…


graphic printed table lamps from catherine david


ceci n’est pas une lampe pendant by sander mulder


montana table lamp


twitchen silk lampshade and meridian jumbo pendant lamp


paso doble table lamp from sabine leuthold


page marker floor lamp with scrunchy paper shade from andrew aloisio


droog’s 85 lamps chandelier (i don’t care if this is from 1993 i still love it)


inflatable orca pendant and bubbles chandelier from puff-buff


pendant lamps from modiss


napoleon by the nile table lamp by tore ahlsén


oz lamp from romain duclos



cubix lamp and the celebrity lamp (yes those are sunglasses!)

cool coffee cups and fun mugs (round up)

i wake up every morning and with very little exception i pour myself a cup of iced coffee in my guy michael davis porcelain cup in green. i will do this until i break all four that I have purchased or move onto the next life, whichever comes first. it makes me so happy to start my day like this, so i went with that feeling and found some fun cups and mugs that would start or end anyone’s day with style…


radiator mugs by stephen reed


hug mug from max brenner


inka mug from the conran shop; hearty cup and saucer by wagokoro-ya


pick up mug and tray set by karin agélii & anki eklund


i am not a paper cup


on/off and hot/cold mugs


gun mug from chillichilly


alcatraz replica mug


drink selector mug; stamp mugs by barnaby barford & valeria miglioli


atmark mug from art lebedev


crinkle cups from rob brandt

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green picnic mug; “the ultimate coffee mug” from david pier


alma fortune cups by tobias wong and the redstr collective


dunk mug by dominic skinner


my cuppa cups; cool people club mug

hudson beach glassware

look at this beautiful, functional glass collection from hudson beach glass. the four artists who make up this collective — john p. gilvey, wendy gilvey, michael benzer and jennifer smith — use several techniques, including casting the glass by hand and etching it for even more texture and depth. nature and the sea are influences, as you can see from the organic detailing they’ve included on these pieces.







purchase select pieces here and there, and see more of this sculptural collection on the hudson beach glass website.

via the ecosalon

best of the week on roadside scholar

oh hello there. what are you going to do during earth hour today (you are participating right?)? i plan on drinking some wine by candlelight and having a nice chat with the hubs myself. before we turn our electricity off though (at 8 pm your local time, for one hour), feel free to take a peek at some of the week’s most popular posts, just in case you missed it… you can click on the photo to read the posts and click on the text links for more info about the companies and items.

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the beautiful illustrations of jerry seguin and matt stuart’s street photography

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bernhard grafl’s organic dear deer and a few questions for gypsy and twink


an informative let’s chat! with virginia glass artist elizabeth perkins

so, do you call it spring when it is sunny out but 35 degrees? i don’t think you can. your comments and emails keep my chin up everyday though — thanks for your support! have a pleasant weekend and i will see you next week with a miniview featuring a terrific digital collage artist, a great let’s chat! with a superhip illustrator and a fun cup and mug round-up. over and out!

elizabeth perkins glass art & sculpture – let’s chat!



beloved readers, let’s all take a deep breath and dive into the amazing art, sculpture and installation work that virginia artist elizabeth wade perkins creates. it is simply mesmerizing and after a good long stare, i am swept away by the richness of even a single vessel, so fluid and steeped in her personal history it all is. elizabeth uses a variety of techniques, including casting, blowing and pâte de verre, which is the centuries-old type of casting she does to create her beautifully detailed lace pieces. to me, her noteworthy technical skills aren’t the only secret of her success here; there is also the skillful underworking (or should i say perfect-seeming working?) of an amalgamation of ideas — the concepts of time, place and memory. in these works you will find a consistent complexity that is whole and complete, and collections that are wry, nostalgic and absolutely current. let’s have a chat with elizabeth and find out more!



q: where do you live, and where do you create your art?
a: i live on a farm named red bud in bumpass, virginia. it has been in my family for seven generations and its older name was seclusion farm. it is located in bumpass by neighboring areas called three square, tip top, cuckoo, and holly grove. bumpass is between richmond and charlottesville in louisa county. i make my work in my grandfathers old fix it shop. it’s a wood frame building covered in metal. it’s heated by a wood stove that my grandfather fabricated out of a number of wheel rims (from an old pick-up). he mended and made things in there to keep the farm running; everything from tractors to electrical. he invented this really cool system to keep his pigs hydrated. my favorite thing he invented in the shop was a light that was over the fridge to indicate that the toilet was running. he had hearing aids, so he couldn’t hear it. however his chair in the den was situated so that he could not only see out the “picture window” or look at television, but he could see the light over the fridge which indicated the toilet was running. when the light would turn on, he would go in the bathroom and jiggle the handle. god only knows why he didn’t just fix the toilet, maybe because it only ran sometimes or maybe because he used what he had at the time to fix the problem.

i think the whole thing is just awesome and ingenious. i’d like to think i got my creative mind and hands from him.



q: what is your background, and did you study art formally?
a: i grew up in southern rural america. my undergraduate degree is in sculpture from the atlanta college of art, and my graduate degree is in craft material studies from virginia commonwealth university. my favorite place to learn is at the penland school of crafts. though i am formally trained as an artist, i have learned a lot from my personal experiments and am more frequently informed by my subjects rather than my “education”. i seemed to get in trouble from time to time in school; like the time i showed up with a huge bale of hay as a component of one of my works. let’s just say… when you see those things on the side of the road out in the field they seem kind of small, but they are not. they are massive and beautiful. sometimes it takes bringing the outside inside and the inside outside for us to really have an understanding of what we are looking at. if you see the forms in resuscitation (photos below) they are taken from that bale of hay. everyone on my graduate committee at the time told me that piece was technically impossible to build in porcelain and impossible to slump over in glass. i like making the “impossible” possible. they don’t teach you how to do that in school. i think those kinds of quests are personal and are brought about by our experiences, desires and willingness to fail.



q: (without giving away any secrets of course!) can you tell us a little about the techniques you use?
a: there aren’t really any secrets to it. mostly it’s paying attention to what you’re doing, learning from what you do, seeing the potential and identifying the control in your artistic experimentation and investigations, working hard and being patient. i use many processes. i blow glass free hand, i also blow glass into both cold and hot blow molds. whatever is appropriate for the form and will make its potency more… stinky and real, honest perhaps.

i also kiln cast and use the pâte de verre method of casting. i use techniques that are appropriate to my forms and the ideas i want them to convey e.g., fragility, texture etc. most works contain glass.



q: how do you think your work has transformed since you started making art?
a: in one of my artist statements i say, i am still the naive child searching around the house for hidden treasures in the old furniture and cupboards. i have the same nosiness and fearlessness as i did as a child. (inquisitiveness, perhaps.) as i’ve grown i have discovered the complexities of these nooks and crannies and have built a larger visual vocabulary by being inquisitive. i have practiced a lot. i have been seduced by my material and its traditions but i walk and practice outside those traditions and former histories. i think there are so many new forms to be made in glass.



q: what is the price range of your collection?
a: $50.00-$20,000.00


q: what is your inspiration for these works? do you have a message you want to send through these pieces?
a: i am interested in values and traditions; how they evolve and linger through the ways we experience life, art, and craft. i am interested in what remains inside and outside of these notions; works that give the viewer something to hold onto and in some cases to let go of. in other words, what we give birth to, what we pass on, and what we take with us when we pass away. i feel my most successful pieces deal with these complexities simultaneously.


q: where can we go to see your collection in person? is there anything else meaningful you would like to include?
a: i will have a trio of medium glass lace pieces in the urbanglass gala and auction in new york on april 4th, 2008. i am currently seeking gallery representation. i have a website with many of my works. my email is included on the site, and if you are interested in buying my work you may contact me through my website.


thank you elizabeth! and special thanks to burt for putting us together (and taking these last two photos)!

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