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I Bet You Thought I Forgot! Part II: In Which We Look at Some Actual Glass

Whew.  I don’t know about you, Sigyn, but I’m glad to be out of the room with the cockatoo pitcher and the fish pitcher!  Not to mention those dwarves and that egg!  Let’s look at something else, shall we?

And this is… something else.  Not quite sure what, but it is definitely something.


Augh!  More mutated majolica!  With an unsettling sanded texture.  WHY?  

And here’s another.  Bon bon dish?  Trinket basket.  Floral toe-shoe?

sanded basket

Oh, well.  Sigyn likes the forget-me-nots, which is what matters.

At last!  We have moved out of the majolica exhibit and into the part of the gallery that houses actual glass.

Sigyn is always fascinated by cameo glass.  We usually run into a piece or two here.  This one is very, very detailed.  How did the artist get two layers of glass to look like people, plants birds, fruit, and fabric?


I’ve offered to magic this beauty out of here and take it home with us as a birthday present, but Sigyn says needs to live here so it can make other people happy too.

We always finish up a glass trip with a look at the paperweight collection.  I think there must be hundreds of them, and they put them out on a rotation or something.  Sigyn likes the flowery ones best.


Such delicate work.  Simple.  Understated.  Classic.

This, on the other hand…


It’s an…urchin.  With bird.  And a feather.  And flowers.  Sorry, my love, but I do not see the point.  It’s your day, though, so look all you like—I’ll walk around and see what else is on offer that doesn’t make me want to gouge my eyeballs out…

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Our Annual Christmas Treat, Part I: Fancy Do-dads

You may have been wondering what my gift to Sigyn was.  As has become our custom, we plan to gift one another with an experience rather than a physical token.  We are once again taking in the glass exhibits at one of the galleries on campus.

It’s nearly 80F today, and the winter plantings around the Memorial Student Center building are at their finest.

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Ah, here we are.  What’s on exhibit today?

The first room has a great number of these pink…things.  I think they might be lamp parts, but I’m not sure.


This is more recognizable. A cameo glass lamp.


But brown isn’t really my color.


Green.  Green is always better.

What have you got over there, Sigyn?


Here an urn, there an urn.  Everywhere an urn, urn!  These generally tend to run toward half-naked ladies, flying people (mostly babies), and flowing drapery.


Take, for example this brown one.  Half-naked people?  Check.  Flowing draperies?  Check.

This one has the flowing draperies, but not so much nudity.


The dog’s a nice touch, though.

Ah! THIS ONE, now.  This one ticks all the boxes.


Let’s examine it a bit more closely.  VERY naked people, lots of flowing drapery, and the gal’s got wings, so I guess flying is going to happen soon.


Sigyn?  What?  What’s so funny–why are you laughing?  Laughing and pointing?



Some days I just don’t understand her…

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The Gift of Glass, Part II: A Cameo Appearance

The glass collection is notable for including a good number of cameo glass pieces.  Talk about fiddly!  These are made by layering different colors of glass and then carving the top layer away.  For a species with such short lives, humans seem to be willing to spend huge chunks of their allotted spans working on items that have no practical purpose.  I don’t know about Sigyn, but I know I would never have the patience to do this.

Carving on a flat surface would be hard enough…


but working on curves must be very difficult.


Sigyn wishes she could get a little closer.  I shouldn’t magic her inside the case, but I can make the vase easier to see.  Magnify!


Some of the vessels seem to be depicting stories, which aren’t always on the cards.  For example, why is the flying baby poking the floppy lady with a twig?


Sigyn likes the cute little owl on this vase, while I am more interested in the serpent on its foot.


Watch out, little glass squirrel–that snake cannot be distracted by waving bits of vegetation!

Sigyn says she thinks maybe this one has three layers, with some dark blue between the white and the turquoise.


After looking at all the pieces, she’s decided this is the most beautiful piece on display, and I wouldn’t say she’s wrong.


It could only be more beautiful if it were red.



Anything my lady desires.

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