As much as I love shopping for handmade items, I have a bit of a dilemma. Have you ever bought an item so beautiful that you don’t want to use it, for fear it will be broken or otherwise damaged? I have that fear when it comes to these beautiful plates and bowls from Etsy seller Fox & Clover. They are nothing less than works of art, even more impressive when you find out the process by which they are made. Knowing that they are made of recycled glass is enough, but the story behind that glass makes me want one of these beauties all the more.
The plates and bowls are made of repurposed window glass, salvaged from discarded window panes and picture frame glass. They are cut and shaped by hand by artist Sabrina Baissas, then ground down and polished to a smooth, glossy finish.
As if that process weren’t impressive enough, you’re probably wondering how the beautiful, graphic imagery you see above makes its way onto these pieces. If you’re thinking they are screenprinted, they aren’t. Sabrina draws all the images by hand with paint on a fine-tipped quill pen. The plates and bowls are then fired in a kiln to fuse the image to the surface permanently. According to Sabrina, the images will never scratch or fade.
I want to purchase several of these to use as a decorative display, because although they are food- and dishwasher-safe, I wouldn’t want to eat with them. They’re too pretty for that. Makes it hard to buy a product for everyday use if I’ll never want to actually use it. Still, there’s a lot to be said for decorative value. I’m itching to add a few of these to my collection. The layered bird motif will haunt my dreams until I have one…
Why It’s Green:
- Handmade in a small studio in Seattle, WA
- Made of recycled, salvaged glass