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Monday, January 10, 2011

A Rainbow Collection of Crystal Bowls


Kosta Boda Tellus Collection by Anna Ehrner

Long associated with wedding gifts, crystal bowls come in styles from vintage traditional designs to super contemporary shapes and colors. Both beautiful and functional crystal serving bowls stand on their own as decorative accessories or bring sparkle to the dinner table.

The Kosta Boda Tellus Collection by Anna Ehrner offers dramatic crystal bowls in a rainbow of colors. The Kosta Boda Crystal Bowl, Tellus Blue Large is shown here. You'll find these beautiful contemporary minimalist shaped bowls in a wide range of sizes in speckled shades of black, fiery red, frosty white and crisp green in addition to this royal ocean blue.

The Tellus designs take crystal bowls way beyond the obligatory wedding gift category.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Decorative Bowls Showcase Specialty Woods

So"The Mountain" by Daeng Thanunchai me of today's most sought-after decorative bowls are fashioned by hand from wood like bamboo, albesia and mango. Many wooden bowls arecarved, then decorated with paint, batik or lacquering techniques. Artisans turn humble woods and other materials into true works of art.

The lacquered bamboo centerpiece called "The Mountain" by Daeng Thanunchai for Novica is made of coiled bamboo basketry carved into its desired shape. Exotic materials like a lacquer from the Gluta usitata tree mixed with ashes of burnt rice paddy husks are laboriously applied layer upon layer by hand.

These one of a kind decorative bowls can be stunning in display shelves or on tabletops. They are often filled with other decorative objects, but truly stand beautifully on their own.

Many of these vessels are food for use with food. However, some like "The Mountain" are for decorative purposes only. Actually, having only one purpose is quite enough when an object can bring artistic beauty and design into a living space.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Deruta Decorative Bowl Collection

Deruta Collection Ceramic Bowl

Pottery may have roots in the most ancient rudimentary cultures, but in some places in the world, over centuries and through generations, it has been elevated to a true art form. Deruta, a little village nestled into an Italian hillside, is known for its master craftspeople who create Renaissance patterned colorfully hued decorative bowls.

Each of the ceramic bowls that make its way out of the village via  Arte D’Italia Imports, are unique and none two are alike. The Deruta Collection features its crowning jewel, the Raffaellesco Shallow bowl. The artwork on these decorative pieces dates back countless generations with many craftspeople handing down the trade from generation to generation.

The Shallow bowl is food and dishwasher safe, but also perfect as a decorative item in the kitchen or dining room.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bowl Me Over

Forty year-old, Czech-born Pavel Hanousek has a thing for hot stuff—hot molten glass that is. When he gets in the mood to play with fire and sand the result is an eclectic array of original art glass like the Twin Time Bowl below. This hand-blown decorative glass bowl is a swirl of color in amber, purple and red.

Handblown glass

His art glass studio, Fusion Z, located in Healdsburg, California, fuses American and European design with the European glass-blowing techniques of master craftsmen. Chip Scarborough, Tony Evans, Jiri Pacinek and Igor Muller join Hanousek to make up the Fusion Z family.

The rest of the collection includes vases, bowls, perfume bottles, sculptures and other random, but beautiful, glass objects. All pieces are signed by their respective designers, numbered and available in limited editions only. So get’ em while you can.

The Europeans must have a corner on the glass-blowing bowl market. Nuvo Designs brings you this lovely Murano glass bowl which is created and signed by a European glass artist. No bowl or glass vase is the same and have unique form and color combinations.

Murano handblown glass bowl

Random Fact: Glassblowing is a technique used to inflate molten glass into a bubble aided by blowpipe or blow tube. This technique was discovered by the Phoenicians around 50 BC. The earliest artifacts of glassblowing were found in Jerusalem and date from as early as 4 BC. Now that’s old!

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