Hand Blown Glass Paperweights
A paperweight serves a simple purpose: it holds papers down so they don’t get blown around by a breeze. It’s a common item you can find almost anywhere. Whether you’re at the office or at home, it’s likely you have one lying around.
But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. In fact, art museums around the country have exhibits dedicated to the finest examples of the item.
Glass paperweights are works of art that deserve not only a place on your desk but also a place where they can be put on display.
Our collection of glass art includes a variety of glass paperweights that come in different shapes, colors and sizes. You’ll see abstract patterns inside the glass or distinct figures which make them appear like they were frozen in ice. In contrast to that appearance, these art pieces are only made possible by furnaces that burn at over a thousand degrees.
A Jewel Made By Skillful Hands
Each of our paperweights began as nothing more than molten glass. In this red-hot state, the glass acts like a viscous liquid that can be shaped according to the artist’s design. In the case of a spherical paperweight, the molten glass is collected at the end of a metal pipe so that it can be carefully rolled into shape. Colored pieces of glass are also added to create the patterns and figures that will be seen in the finished piece.
The process of shaping and heating the glass needs to be repeated several times. For something that has such a simple use, so much dedication and work are put into its creation.
Every piece in our collection is handcrafted by one of our talented artists. Because of that, each paperweight is literally one of a kind which makes them highly collectible. They’re also a wonderful gift that the recipient is sure to appreciate. After all, art is meant to be shared and these glass paperweights are no different.
About Vandalia Glassworks
Vandalia Glassworks is home to a state of the art hot glass shop and cold working facility. Our goal is to provide local artists the facilities they need to hone their skills and master the art of glassblowing.
We also want to provide a place for them to sell their creations or just share it with others. Our 1200 square foot gallery hosts exquisite pieces from both local and international glassblowers.
Even if you’re just curious about how art glass is made, our studio is a welcoming place to watch artists in action. If you’re in the area, drop by the shop in St Paul just North of 94 on Vandalia St. or shop our collection of blown glass art online.
History of Glassblowing
Glass has been used by cultures as far back as the ancient Egyptians. What we take for granted today was regarded as one of the most luxurious forms of craftsmanship in the past. From small bits of jewelry to beautifully designed vessels, it’s amazing to think that even back then, artisans were capable of making such intricate works.
As time went on, the techniques they used continued to be refined and perfected into what artists use today. This evolution leads us to the modern art of glassblowing – a craft that we are proud to be able to share with you.