Decorative colored glass is fascinating to the eye. This is especially true for glass items composed of more than one color. It takes a great deal of skill to produce a piece of balanced color and shape.
A couple of interesting pieces found their way into my small collection recently. I couldn’t help but find inspiration for some simple, contemporary arrangements.
The first piece is a combination of transparent and translucent pigmented glass. It was blown into the shape of a large seashell. The odd shape of the vessel is complimented by the contrasting greens and oranges. A solitary large lotus and spiral leaves are all that is needed to bring life to the shell. I decided to unite all three projects with spiral elements.
Good, modern slag glass is becoming more difficult to find. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find a flawless bud vase nestled away at the Goodwill Store. The predominantly black and dark blue colors are accented with streaks of white, lighter blues, and orange. Red orchids work well in this small vase. I accented with a spiral stem.
The two recent acquisitions reminded me of a high quality art glass bowl that has been stored on a shelf in the living room. I’ve had it since 2003 or 2004, but have never used it for anything. The bowl is formed of three evenly divided variations of amber glass. They range from translucent amber, to brighter orange, to semi-opaque orange-brown. A variety of tropical cuttings set inside of a floral wire spring frog keeps everything in place. The spiral accents tie the design together.
All of these containers display very well without flowers, but I like to complete them with my own touches. The richness of colored glass is perfect for the cold months of the year.