Before man learned the secret of glassmaking, nature was the world’s only glassmaker.
Glass is a substance formed in nature which lies at the heart of my fascination with it.
"When the basic ingredients of sand and minerals are heated to a high temperature and then cooled, a transparent, non- crystalline material called glass is created. This is a common occurrence in nature, where lightening or meteor strikes provide the heat that melts sand and sedimentary rock, forming glass".
Here is a collection of some of my treasured objects made from glass...
I recently came across this vintage glass decanter that was hand-blown and divided into 4 sections. Each of the 4 sections is hand engraved with Whiskey, Brandy, Rum and Gin. There is also a beautiful monogram which makes me think it might have been a wedding gift.
I am enamored with the color of this pair of blue bottles, and can never resist any bottle wrapped in wicker!
I bought this lovely tall glass cloche at The Alameda Pointe last weekend
I thought this was perfect for holding tiny treasures from the sea.
A pair of fabulous old bottles from a vintage bar.
I'm thinking of soldering some shells on top!
A glass dome to house a small vintage white tole potted flower.
I'm always finding small treasures, or rather they find me!
My husband laughed when I brought home this pair of miniature glass Crown Royale bottles.
A dear friend gave me this pair of amazing french candelabras that once belonged to her mother.
Some of my beach glass
A gorgeous opaque glass egg with bronze fittings that Kellie at Cashon & Co. recently purchased from me. It was so hard to let go of... but I'm happy knowing she has it now!
I adore this glass ashtray which has this amazing mermaid etched from underneath. It reminds me of Lalique.
I scored this large cache of wicker wrapped bottles a few months ago... I couldn't believe my good fortune!
A large wicker wrapped glass jug from Italy which once held wine.
Some wonderful hand-blown glass bits
My heart raced when I came across this unique bottle.
Some vintage glasses from the 50's I believe. I just love the color and design.
A funky vintage glass container that I served jam in before I gave it to a lovely friend.
A vintage tiara
A vintage light fixture with beautiful opaque swirled glass and brass fittings that is currently available in my etsy shop because I can't find a place for it.
A very large glass beaker
Some treasured Japanese glass floats
A close-up of one of the blue bottles with it's wonderful rusted top that fits inside like a cork.
Where I keep and display my beach glass
A lovely old wrought iron mirror
Black glass urn with several blue glass items
A milk glass swan with glass eyes
A tiny shot glass
A diminutive venetian glass dolphin
Pair of black glass urns
I found a pair of vintage rhinestone dog collars that fit my dalmations perfectly!
Milk glass dolphin candlesticks with a tiny birds nest.
In the background, a wonderful old brass candelabra with mercury glass flowers.
A blue champagne glass from France holding one of my birds nests
A pair of vintage glass inkwells monogrammed with the letter C
One of four petite glasses with lovely silver detail
A translucent pair of blue glasses from France
A collection of laboratory beakers
I'd love to know what some of your favorite glass treasures are?