As a very visually-oriented person, color matters to me. I like vivid, rich colors. I’ve decided my next “collectible” focus will be stained glass. Not that painted on stuff, REAL stained glass pieces that use real colored glass. I love the look of sunlight streaming through the colors.
When I was a realtor back in Baltimore, I showed several Victorian-era homes that were distinctive because they typically featured a stained glass window. Usually the window was on a landing, probably providing lighting for the stairway, but those stained glass windows added such a charming touch, I was hooked on stained glass from that point. But I learned very quickly that the stuff is pricey. So I may never collect any stained glass after all. But last week I stumbled across the photo above that gave me inspiration for my newest project.
Something about that array of colored glass pitchers just makes me feel happy to look at it. I wondered where I could find a set of these beautiful glass pitchers. I figure they are some designer deal and probably cost a fortune, and my practical nature says it would be foolish to spend a lot of money just to buy a set of pitchers just for display.
So that got my brain a-cogitatin’ and remembering the various relatives over the years who have had bottles of colored water (decanters) in their windows and on mirrored shelves. The colored water thing seemed a bit tacky, but I thought maybe I could find some pretty glass items to put on my window here in my office to let in the colored light. After all, my computer faces a window that lets me watch the sunrise each day…what better place to enjoy the colors?
So a quick hunt around in ebay, some fast bidding, and a week later, I have my start on my “poor man’s stained glass window” as there are now four 4″ jars/bottles there…amber, red, cobalt blue, and green. I barely missed bidding on some glass pieces that were a beautiful rich purple the other day, a very unusual shade in glass. But I’ll keep looking. Might scour the local thrift stores in search of new glass. I would love to find a pretty emerald green and a rich aquamarine to add to the mix.
In the meantime, I just enjoy looking at the colored light.