On my most recent birthday, my mother-in-law ruthlessly foisted a bit of cash upon me, insisting that I spend it on something "for myself". I'm not really known for doing that, as anyone can tell by looking at my five-year-old clothing (or is it ten??) and general lack of cosmetic application. Hence the admonishment.
I settled upon a few ball ornaments sold at Erma's and made by Kitras Art Glass (you can't miss them upon going into the store - they hang all throughout the front portion of it, by the windows). The idea being that the investment benefited not only myself but also a local small business owner as well as a worthy artist who, himself, is also running a small business. I run a small business myself. I patronize small businesses to the extent possible.
|There's not much accessible detail on the Kitras website itself because they seem to sell only to retailers - not directly to the public. But here is a collection of representative images screengrabbed from Google.|
|This is one of the "tree" style ones. Note that it's SIX INCHES in diameter. This is what makes these things different from other art glass balls I've seen. They are large enough to really make a visual impact if properly used in a decor design.|
|Here's a close-up of the surface of that tree ball. Really unique stuff.|
|This one is called "Van Glow".|
Does it look oddly familiar?
|It should, because its design is a darned creative nod to this masterpiece.|
"Starry Night" by Vincent VanGogh, photo screengrabbed from Wikipedia.
|Glass ball chandeliers by Bocci, if the source reference is correct.|
What's really neat about these is the way they add such dimension to what was formerly just a featureless void of empty space. This is ART. Art for the home. Very creative.
AH, but I've got a potential alternate space that might enchantingly house a collection of them. A much safer space where butting heads can't reach and our dog's tossed tennis ball is not likely to impinge upon "Vincent Van Glow" or his friends:
|Just because it's a tract home doesn't mean that it has to look like one. What if I could suspend a cascade of these things up inside this enormous and now-enchanting skylight shaft?|
I don't know if this waterfall-of-art-glass idea will work well. It might turn out to be one of those things that sounds good in theory but doesn't work visually. The resonant blue of the shaft might mute out the colors of the balls to the point of making it underwhelming. But when I get a chance, I'm going to start experimenting with it. And if it doesn't work, I'll hang the things in a window. It's a win either way.
My Gyokuro is all consumed by this time, so I must get to work.