Saturday, April 1, 2006
Two more highlights of Best of the Northwest
Glass with class
Bothell-based glassblower and artist Barbara Sanderson brings the shimmer and ethereal nature of glass to the landscape. She combines glass with water, lighting and plants to create exceptional focal points for the patio, deck or perennial border.
Sanderson's hand-blown, one-of-a-kind fountains resemble an upturned morning glory bloom. Looking like a flickering, red-hot flame or maybe an elongated piece of taffy on a stick (a copper stake, no less), Sanderson's glass finials can be placed among your flowers as yard art or illuminated with a low-voltage garden light.She also blows glass floats that add sparkle and movement to the water's surface. Prices range from $15 for floats to $155 for fountain kits.
Details: Glass Gardens NW, 206-579-4185 or http://www.glassgardensnw.com/
From Blue River, Ore., Micki Shampang-Voorhies and her husband, Gary Voorhies, cut, bend and weld metal into surprising pieces for the home and garden.
Their studio, Custom Copper & Iron, creates everything from her oversize steel martini glasses for the kitchen to his full-size copper palm tree for the patio.
Shampang-Voorhies turns everyday scrap metal and rusted tools into fanciful ethnic masks ($59 to $89) and fashions metal lotus flowers on stakes to hold a tea light ($42).
Fashionistas will love her "steel heels" -- size 8 women's steel stilettos embellished with castoff springs, drill bits, bolts and even the handle of a garden faucet ($79 each). "They make themselves," Shampang-Voorhies said. Tuck a few sedums in the toe or heel and start a shoe wardrobe for the garden.
Details: Custom Copper & Iron, 541-822-3996.
-- Debra Prinzing