The kitchen gods must be smiling. They know that a hip serving dish or gorgeous goblet can make or break any dinner party. The food and wine served with such pieces can pale when these beauties are placed on a table, whether for a dinner party or romantic night in. Here is new work in tabletop from eight design studios guaranteed to add more than a pinch of gravitas to your cuisine.
When your most formative years are spent on an island only 1.25 miles long and half a mile wide, nature becomes your most constant companion and its beauty embeds itself in your soul.
Metalworker, stoneworker, environmental technician, glassworker, diver, collector of crystals and fossils—artist Jeremy Sinkus has followed many paths, but he has never strayed far from the sea.
Since 1987, Hudson Beach Glass artists John and Wendy Gilvey, Michael Benzer and Jennifer Smith have worked as a team, carving molds and handcasting bowls, glasses, platters and sculptures at their studios in Beacon, N.Y. Some retail for over $1,000, but most of their eyecatching work, in 13 colors, is available at very reasonable price…
Just under 10 feet high and crafted from tens of thousands of hand-cut glass pieces, Raquel Stanek’s captivating giraffe is but one of her intricately designed and assembled mosaic works. Bubbling with enthusiasm, Stanek loves talking about her imaginative animal art, which ranges from this towering commissioned sculpture to a larger-than-life zebra bust, a 7-foot-long pig and a menagerie of chickens, ducks, geese, deer and other critters with expressive personalities.
If you placed this dog or kitty in your shop window, do you really think customers could resist buying one? Probably not.
“I have a strong feeling that things should be made very well—the craft is what is important,” says glass artist David Royce. In his current work, he combines contrasting hot and cold techniques to mix the elements of fire and water. Luminous and semi-transparent, the glass practically glows.
Funky, eye-catching colors and irregular shapes are staples of artist Karine Demers’ whimsical glass and enamel designs.