Toledo, located in Northwest Ohio, spent the bulk of the 20th century known as the "Glass City." And the Toledo Museum of Art is a direct and lasting consequence of this glass boom. The Museum was started by glass magnate Edward Drummond Libbey, and it carries on the Toledo glass tradition, highlighting this utilitarian, changeable, delicate yet durable medium. It was there, in that small gallery store in Ohio, that I learned to appreciate the beauty of hand blown glass. I have a small collection of blown glass ornaments that hang every year on my Christmas tree, sparkling in the lights, shining against the green branches, proud of their status as unique, singular works of art.
Nostalgic, I searched and found a few lovely hand blown works of art that I thought I'd share with you.
From AskesisArts Etsy shop.
And from James Yarrito, one of my favorite Toledo artists, who I was fortunate enough to meet through my work at the museum.