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Etched Bottles Left by “Mystery Artist”

Posted in art, craft, glass with tags , , on September 24, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Reading the news is never a pleasant experience these days, and I tend to dislike the “human interest” stories designed to be uplifting. But this story made my day.

A mystery artist has been taking empty milk bottles from the doorsteps of suburbia and returning them with elaborate glass etchings. The bottles clearly take time and effort, and idea that someone is willing to leave them anonymously gives me some hope for the beautiful gestures of which mankind is capable.

Of course, the response of one recipient shot that hope down instantly:

“Who knows, it might be worth something one day.”


Still, I’ve left anonymous little gifts for people to find, Amelie style, and I just may do it again.


Wesley Fleming

Posted in art, glass, sculpture with tags , , on September 20, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I know I did a glassworks post recently, but I’m beginning to realize that a number of exceptional artists use this medium. Take Wesley Fleming, for example.

The detailed realism is exquisite.

From the artist statement: With some of my glass beetles for example, I try to capture and mimic an actual species with intricate detail on the tiny limbs and thorax. While in other pieces, I attempt to bring into being a creature from an inner reality or a dream. In some cases I merge the fantastical with the real through choice of color palette or by referencing familiar images in a mythical work.

Some of his subject matter is unconventional.

The colors and patterns here are amazing (of course I had to include the cephalopod…I really want this little guy!).

The whole gallery is wonderful.

Joe Blow Glassworks

Posted in art, glass, sculpture with tags , , on September 17, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Along the lines of my previous Delicately Deadly post are Joe Blow’s Glassworks. I’m a big fan of the “Raygunz.”

If I could order his entire glass raygun collection in miniatures, I’d hang them on my Christmas tree. I think they’d make delightful ornaments.

Fragile Candy

Posted in food, glass, products with tags , , on September 1, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Fragile Candy is apparently designed to resemble broken glass, in order to remind us that although candy is delicious…it’s bad for you.


I would attack a piece of good candy like a gladiator if I had to (armor and all). I don’t even like plain lollipops, but at first glance my brain inadvertently and automatically devised about 30 different ways to avoid the sharp edges.

Wim Delvoye

Posted in art, glass, installations, sculpture with tags , , , on August 21, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I was *beyond* excited to view Wim Delvoye’s collection of Gothic anatomical stained glass windows. I have had so many x-rays and scans over the years that I am, most likely, radioactive by now. I always wished to keep my x-ray prints for various art pieces. It’s thrilling to see bones and organs immortalized in this classic fashion.

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There is romance:


The genius carries over into laser cut steel construction devices:

And a wood carved cement truck:

I can’t link to individual galleries (flash site, perhaps), but they are all worth a look.

Sins in Glass

Posted in glass, products, wish list with tags , , on June 6, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Artie forwarded me this link first thing this morning, and boy was it a great way to start the day. If these Seven Deadly Sins glasses ever go on sale, I’ll be the first one to snag a set!

I particularly love the Greed glass, which keeps bits of each sip for itself in its squiggly little tentacles.

I feel inspired to design a whole set of Sin glassware and fine china.