Perfect for any holiday blown glass holders for candles are gifts that give back
While our oldest daughter and I don’t agree on many subjects, decorating has always been the exception. She sent me a text saying the stack of bowls in my last shopping post, Handcrafted Kitchen Necessities, reminded her of glassybaby and that I should look them up. She was right! Available in literally hundreds of colors, each unique piece of glass art can be used as a votive candle holder or as a vase. It takes four glassblowers from a team of seventy Seattle artisans to create just one glassybaby. There is a three-layered glass starting point (clear, colored, clear) before the ball is blown out at the glassblower’s bench, then dropped in a mold and blown a second time to give it some height.
In addition to being beautiful, these votives are holiday feel-good purchases. At the heart of glassybaby’s mission is goodwill. When founder Lee Rhodes met other cancer patients who couldn’t afford basic daily needs, she decided to do something about it. She refers to her glass pieces as beacons of hope and in eight short years her company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities dedicated to health, healing and quality of life — the charity list is quite impressive.
If you’re not lucky enough to live near one of glassbaby’s retail stores, you can shop online. In addition to the blown glass holders for candles s well as drinker glasses, sets and bouquets (where you create your own set in a variety of color). Holders are also available for rentals — how gorgeous would any special occasion be with scores of votive candles loose flower arrangements in these colorful glass holders. They are also the perfect size for stocking stuffers this holiday season. I wonder which color my daughter would prefer?
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