ADD GLASS – TO ADD THAT TOUCH OF CLASS TO YOUR HOME
Glass is a beautiful and wondrous material and the right piece will bring dazzling light, color and elegance to any room in your home.
A piece of crystal glass could sparkle in a sunny window sill and reflect the light in a thousand dazzling directions.
A glass ornament could sit proudly on your mantel shelf to be admired and enjoyed by your guests. And when the hearth below the mantel is quiet in those balmy summer months, an elegant tall glass vase could fill the gap.
Flower vases make great centerpieces and sometimes they are so pretty you don’t like to spoil them by adding flowers!
A sturdy, well poised paperweight will help reflect light from shelves in a study and some of the more modern paperweights make great presents for him.
When choosing the right piece of glass it is always best to invest in quality. If you buy a handmade hand blown piece of glass signed by the artist then you have made a wise investment. Not only will you get to enjoy the art glass for years to come, it will be rising in value by up to 20% a year. Not a bad investment in these uncertain times.
Buying a cheap piece of glass might seem appealing, especially if it is a pretty factory made piece, but quality shines through and you won’t receive anywhere near as many admiring comments from visitors. Plus, as it is not an artist piece it is unlikely to be worth much more, even after ten years.
Although some factory glass is cheap and cheerless, there are lots of good looking pieces being produced. So, if you can’t afford a couple of hundred dollars you can still find pretty pieces for your home.
A friend of mine buys Clarice Cliff, some very collectible pottery. He buys like 20 pieces and then leaves them boxed in his attic for about ten years and then sells them on. He makes great money but I always feel a little sad that these wonderful handmade works are hidden away for a decade with no one to admire them.
A piece of glass that has been hand worked by a master craftsman in the searing heat of the furnace shows its superb and classy nature even before it has cooled on the artisan’s work bench.
Invest in high quality and you will have both a classy artwork all of your own as well as a little financial nest egg for the future.
Barnaby Kirsen is a partner at Boha Glass – an online shop selling in hand made art glass from Bohemia and beyond. You can read more on Boha Glass’s blog.
Thank you, Barnaby. Your art glass is truly exquisite!