Glass Memory Totem

December 27th, 2009 in member junk     
artteachergirl artteachergirl, member
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I created several glass totems, as Christmas gifts, for the girls in the masters program I am currently completing. While they were done as gifts, they were also part of the project assignment along with the garden totem I have posted. This totem pictured here, however, is one that I was asked by a friend to create. It is made from dishes and vases that belonged to her mother in law who passed away several years ago. My friend gave it to her sister in law as a Christmas gift. It was an honor for me to be a part of this sweet gesture.


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, artwork, vase, eclectic, glass, garden, whimsical, outdoor spaces, porch, green, sunroom, crystal

Comments (9)

artteachergirl writes: Gosh, Lori, thanks for the heads up. I don't think any thing in this arrangement had any value, except for sentimental value. They don't have a full set of dishes and most are scratched or chipped. The big green vase is Hoosier glass, but they are aware of that. When I make other pieces I am very careful, I am aware of things value. If there is any question I do not use it in a totem. Thanks for the warning, however. Posted: 11:51 pm on December 28th
lori2002 writes: Hi, Love your design, but you should watch out for "old", antique, or collectible glass and other items you take apart....sometimes you blow $100.to $300. in order to "make" a pretty piece of junk, which no one will buy. As long as your friend supplied the glassware, she is the loser, but if someone sees your creative work and tells her what the items were worth in their original state, she may be unhappy you didn't suggest she check the value. If she says never mind....get it in writing that she agreed (CYA)!! Most antiquers or wanna be's have sold very valuable items, or used them for fun pieces and later on found out the true value (!!!!) to their CHAGRIN. Me TOO!!! Posted: 9:13 pm on December 28th
artteachergirl writes: Many thanks again! And Lezlee, it is fun to go back to school...even at middle age! And the classes that I am taking are all art related and they accept my junkin' projects...what more could I want? Posted: 2:35 pm on December 28th
RustyDiva writes: Beautiful gift! Good thing it was able to be pieced back together upon it's arrival. Posted: 12:44 pm on December 28th
Prior writes: A great project with wonderful sentiment... How fun to be able to go back to school and create... good luck on your new career!!! Lezlee Posted: 10:24 am on December 28th
alicemom writes: I'm sorry it broke BUT it a had a good foundation to add to.
smiles, alice Posted: 10:50 pm on December 27th
artteachergirl writes: Thank you!
This was carried from GA to WVA in a van...it broke apart during the trip between one of the vases and plates. When it arrived in WVA the sister in law added an extra bowl from the old set of dishes that she had...it just added to my piece, I think. So it ended up being a combined effort or creation...LOL Posted: 10:44 pm on December 27th
smiller0529 writes: That is so awesome! Posted: 8:12 pm on December 27th
MakinItHappen writes: How great to be able to put her mother's things to good use! Posted: 7:28 pm on December 27th
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