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Heart of Glass

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After a weekend of over indulgence for our American readers it may be hard to believe that this is just the start of the holiday season, but there are definitely still festivities to come, and that’s why this post is dedicated to designer glassware. Along with silverware, glassware touches the lips making it integral to the dining experience. If you want to really wow your guests splurge on the good stuff and say goodbye to mismatched wine glasses. Here are a few examples beautifully designed drinking vessels that will keep things sparkling for a long time to come:

carafe and glasses by Bib&Sola

Bib&Sola make some fun and fabulous handblown glassware. I am especially smitten with this  Ash carafe and glass set in rainbow hues. Truly a unique piece that will look just as spectacular on a shelf as on the table.

chisel glassware (set of four) from zgallerie

Give your guests the Midas touch with this set of gold foil-enhanced glassware. Wouldn’t these be completely lux on a holiday table? You can also get the same set in silver, but I’m especially partial to the muted gold.

Mori Sake Cups from canoe

This petite set of sake cups are not technically glassware because they’re made of ceramic, but they are too cute to ignore, and completely gift-worthy.  Each cup feautures a unique grooved pattern that influences how the cup is held. They even come in a little pine box for gifting or storage.

Norman Copenhagen Whiskey Glasses by Bodie and Fou

Whiskey has become the cool drink in town. Connoisseurs know there is both an art and a science to drinking whiskey and these designer glasses take care of both.  The elegantly rounded base nestles in the hand and the shape ensures that temperature, aroma and volume are all in perfect alignment.

wheelie bike pint glasses by vital

Like bicycles and beer? These pint glasses by vital combine great design and a relaxed sense of whimsy. They’re also probably a great present for your impossible to buy for younger brother. He will be pleased, I promise.

Revolution Glassware from luminaire

Last of all is the Revolution set that I hesitate to categorize as glassware; they are much more like sculptures. The volume proportions of each glass are a play on positive and negative space. This is really a set for collectors and aficienados of great design.

Those are just a few of my top picks, but I think glassware, more than any other table accessory, is a matter of personal preference. When looking for new glasses pick them all up and hold them a moment until you find one that feels just right.


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Julie Moon

I don’t make it out to many art openings, mostly due to the toddler member of our family that seems to have imposed an eight o’clock curfew on everyone in the household, but I will definitely be making an exception for Julie Moon’s upcoming solo exhibition “Pretty Strange” at the Narwhal Art Projects gallery in Toronto. Julie Moon is a Canadian ceramics artist, jewellery designer and installation artist. Her work is beautiful and sometimes confrontational, often combining traditional motifs of prim antique china with images of exaggerated femininity.

When looking at one of Julie’s sculptural works it is easy to be won over by the superficial prettiness of delicately painted flowers and soft flowing shapes, but a moment later the unsettling details of a long-nailed pointed finger or a disembodied pair of lips come into view and the experience becomes something else entirely. Her juxtaposition of imagery along with her impeccable craftsmanship are what make her one of the most compelling contemporary ceramics artists in Canada.  Today’s post is a brief look at Moon’s work, both old and new.

A piece from Julie Moon’s new solo exhibit via Narwhal Art Projects

Tell Me That You Love Me via Julie Moon

Untitled via Julie Moon

Julie Moon ceramic heart brooch via clara emily. Moon’s jewelery can be purchased at Shop Girls and Magic Pony.

headspace installation via Julie Moon

Pretty Pleas 2010 Installation via Julie Moon

image via sick of the radio

Moon’s new work, a collection of free-standing and wall-hanging sculptures  will be on view at Narwhal Art Projects Gallery at 680 Queen Street West until September 14th. If you’re in Toronto be sure to check it out. I’m still kicking myself for missing out on the Pushing Boundaries show at the Gardiner Museum where Moon last showed her work, so I won’t be making that mistake again. Hope to see you there!

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