Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How it's Made: Graphic Glass Designs by Case Island Studios


Both nostalgia and innovation and form and function converge in our Bauhaus-style vases by Case Island Glass Studio. The fusion of fluid movement and creative color combinations characterize these handcrafted conversation pieces.

Working out of her family-owned glass studio in Flint, Michigan, our designer draws inspiration from mid-century design and memories of her mother's 1960s tablescapes.

Each vase is hand cut from large pieces of glass using diamond-edged etching tools. Next, smaller pieces are hand cut and stacked on the base. Caution must be exercised with colors which can change subtly during the firing process. This entails multiples passes through a 1,500-degree oven and can take up to 12 hours. 

After the pieces are fused and while the flat glass is still malleable, it is placed on a mold to give it shape as a bowl, dish, or another functional object.




Finally, each unique vase is prepared to become a playful part of a contemporary tablescape! Fill it with flowers or let it make a stand-alone statement, either way it's sure to help create new memories!  

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