Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blue, purple & dichroic orange Bowl

This bowl, with a 14" diameter measurement and a 4" height is my very latest.

Touches of red/orange "dichroic glass" gives this piece a subtle kick once light touches the surface. I personally prefer to NOT overuse the dichroic glass because it's just too trendy and can I say a touch "gaudy"?

Dichroic glass is glass that has an actual metallic surface on one side. Originally, the metallic surface was used by NASA to combat the enormous heat generated by the Space Shuttle re-entering our atmosphere and the fact that the Art Glass Movement has embraced it is exciting to think that there are scientific/artistic minds at work together. When heat (In my case, from a kiln) warms up the dichroic surface, there are fantastic effects that take place. It's kind of like pixie dust on steroids. There's glittery shine and real depth to pieces incorporating dichroic glass.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Maarten De Ceulaer Design Studio

These pieces are made in a close collaboration with one of the most renowned leather artisans in Brussels, Ralph Baggaley. The craftsmanship and detailing is simply sublime and calls for instant admiration. These pieces, though colourful and playful, evoke luxurious and sophisticated atmospheres.
The Pile of Suitcases, first piece in the Leather Collection, wanted to be an answer to all its predecessors, wardrobe closets which were enourmeously big, heavy and static. It is a clothing cabinet rich in poetry, which consists of different volumes, each specifically designed for one type of garments, which can easily be dismantled, separately transported or reconfigured if desired.

This takes me away to that faraway place.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Another 50's inspired piece?!? "You betch 'em, Red Rider."

This platter, a petit 6" x 11", was fused & slumped inside a glass kiln.

Using an avacado color as the thin green lines and white as the "canvas" for the geometric design, I was able to capture a moment in time with a throwback feel.

It's completely contemporary yet retro-inspired.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Bushman Dreyfus Architects

Glass, rock, water... the only thing missing is fire.

This masterpiece, east aurora house, located in East Aurora, New Jersey is a genuine spellbinder

Located in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, Bushman Dreyfus Architects work hand in hand with the client to make sure both parties are satisfied with the end result.

With work ranging from homes to schools to retreat centers to theaters to commercial spaces and beyond, BDA can incorporate contemporary design with current and popular safety and green features to all of their projects.

Friday, October 23, 2009


This Stained Glass window was built using the "copper foil" technique.

It hangs in a private residence in the Chicago suburbs and measures roughly 17" x 24".

The window colors took their cue from the newly remodeled kitchen where this piece hangs. A soft palate of sage green was painted on the walls and this piece, with its touches of purple, really kicks.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bercy Chen Studio

Taking its cue from sustainable materials, Bercy Chen Studio LP is an architecture & urban planning firm with design/build capabilities based in Austin, Texas.

The work is influenced by various cultures- whether Islamic, Indian, African or pre-columbian, while maintaining respect for the particular contemporary contextual conditions. They know how to make a little color go a long way.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009


This framed, ready-to-hang piece is a throwback to the 50's. I think the design sense of the 50's has never been duplicated with its Wow factor ever since.

I used frit to act as the terrazzo-looking insides of the larger oval shaped pieces. My color selections, again inspired by the "Googie" period, reinforce this piece's attitude. It's about 13" x 18".

Monday, October 19, 2009

Claire Danthois - Furniture Designer

Claire Danthois, based out of Bristol, England, adds a unique spin on her furniture designs. She uses only reclaimed materials and doesn't use glues or finishes. This gives her pieces a tactile feel and a pure natural look.

While designing specific pieces for specific people with specific measurements, Claire explains, "I take measurements of the different proportions between a client's shoulders, lumbar and base of their spine firstly. Then the curvature is worked out using a giant profile gauge that I made specifically for that purpose."

Talk about settling into a good book.

Field of Poppies

This piece, 7" x 12", has a dynamic element to it. Encased in glass, lay hundreds of copper wires meticulously placed to resemble a field of poppies.

Time consuming, but totally rewarding in the end.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Powerhouse-Company, based out of Copenhagen, Denmark, designed this home, Villa 1.

Built in the woods of Holland, this is such an escapist's dream. The glass used throughout has the feeling of another soul living at the residence. It's visible, yet invisible.

So completely modern, it looks like it's a set from a science fiction film.

Its simple look makes me drool. I'll take two.

Friday, October 16, 2009

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