I’ve written before about how flowers have been part of my fascination with glass from the very beginning. This has always played into one of my other great interests: gardens. Over the years I’ve integrated glass into the outdoor spaces in my life in numerous ways. From simple yard decorations such as finials, butterfly and birdfeeders and baths, to more complicated sculptural fountains and chandeliers.
One of the benefits of displaying art in the outdoors is that almost as a side effect we look at the area around the art differently. Doing that intentionally we can create focal points that cause us to look deeper into our environment. The changing feel of an installation highlights the landscapes transition through the seasons. It is endlessly interesting to see how an installation appears as it contrasts first against the winter spareness and then against lush foliage in spring.
We often use glass to bring the outside in; the Sealife series of chandeliers, floral chandeliers and many of the specific color palettes we create with our customers reference the outdoor spaces surrounding their indoor locations. But, we can’t forget the option of bringing the indoors out. Bringing design elements into the garden and blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living spaces unites both spaces. Even in climates where this isn’t possible to do in actuality, visually it works beautifully; creating a harmony and making all spaces feel tied together.
One of the most amazing properties of glass is it’s durability. What other material has such staying power? The medieval windows of stained glass appear to us with their colors intact. Using the climate considerations and good design as a framework and a guide we create sculptures that will stay for all seasons. When stopping by the studio people often ask about the glass garden here and how it fared during the hurricanes this area has experience in recent years. The truth is, we’ve done very well. We’ve never taken anything down in preparation, but rather let it hang as a test.
As the weather warms up, we are starting to work again on the garden here at the shop, integrating new things into the existing landscape, experimenting, and creating new areas for as yet unmade installations. We’re looking forward to integrating glass plates into stone walls, retrofitting some sculptures with LED lighting and honing the process on some completely new sculptural concepts that we’ve never experimented with before.
Enjoy your garden, we’ll keep you posted…