Currently I’m reading the book “sculpture and design with recycled glass” by Cindy Ann Coldiron. It features artists that turn recycled glass into beautiful sculptures, has step-by-step instructions on how to create some glass projects that I would like to tackle next year, and highlights green glass companies such as California-based Fire & Light. I’m always on the lookout for contemporary green glassware since it seems hard to come by in the US. Usually during my Christmas break in Europe I pick up some tumblers and wine glasses made of 100% extra-clear recycled glass by La Mediterránea, located in Spain. As much as I love their designs and commitment to the environment I would prefer to buy recycled glassware that’s locally produced.
Fire & Light was founded in 1995 as a partnership between the Arcata Community Recycling Center in Humboldt County, California, and local investors. Since then John and Natali McClurg purchased the company in 1999 and nowadays the line of colored glass dinnerware can be found in many galleries and stores. The contemporary looking glassware line is created by melting crushed glass in furnaces, adding pigment, and pressing the molten glass into bowls, plates, and glasses that have a very distinct look. Each piece is made one at a time and the process can take up to three days. If you would like to learn more about how the company turns broken glass into beautiful pieces of utilitarian art make sure to check out their video about the glass making progress. It also mentions that every day in the US we throw out enough glass to fill the Empire State Building twice.
The hand-poured glass tableware collection includes bowls, plates, glasses as well as artful vases and is made with over ninety percent of recycled glass. In the spirit of upcoming New Year’s Eve I’m especially enchanted with the eco-friendly goblets and martini glasses since they help to ring in the New Year with sustainable style. Here’s to a happy and greener New Year!
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