Glass is a unique and lasting gift for those celebrating a new home, attending an open house, or just to add a special touch to your home. There are very few gifts that have impact, style and longevity than decorative glass. “Whether you are looking for a special gift for yourself or a friend, there are many beautiful and enduring forms of glass,” says Denny Berkery, Owner of The Vinery. “Stained Glass has stood the test of time. And, with unlimited choices of color and texture it will compliment any décor, whether it is traditional, architectural, scenic or contemporary.” Berkery does note, though, that purchasing such a special gift for others can be a bit of a challenge. “One should anticipate where the recipient might display his or her new gift. Two things you might consider are the colors in the room that your gift might be placed and the window space if the gift is to be hung in the window.”
The most special gifts are crafted by hand. Decorative glass is timeless, enabling it to be cherished by the recipient for many years into the future. In some cases, a special piece may result in an heirloom, being handed down from generation to generation.
Decorative glass can come in many forms. Here are Berkery’s insights into great gift options:
Many stained glass studios create custom art pieces for your specific needs. For example, you can provide a design idea or ask to view design catalogues to help you decide the line art for your panel. Once the specific design is chosen, the next step is to choose color. When it comes to color, Berkery advises customers to make it simple. Using many different colors in a glass pieces may make it challenging to match someone’s décor.
In addition to stained glass, fused glass is also quite popular. Fused glass is glass that has been melted together. It may be slumped into a bowl form, drawn into a vase, made into jewelry, or used as a window hanging. The process is dynamic and exciting to watch. Earrings and pendants made from fused glass are eye catching and unusual.
Another type of art glass that deserves mentioning are glass beads. Glass beads are created in front of a torch. The artist melts rods of glass onto a mandrel to create one of a kind beads and pendants, even stand alone pieces! Much skill and patience go into this art form.
Glass mosaics also make wonderful gifts. Mosaics may take the form of tabletops, flower pots, garden stakes, mirrors, garden stones and votive candle holders. The timeless technique of mosaics dates back thousands of years.
Whatever type of glass piece you select to give to a homeowner, or to give to yourself, you will not go wrong with glass. Glass artwork has timeless beauty to be enjoyed over a lifetime.