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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bedrock, Where Recycling is an Art!

Seeing these fun glass blobs and other fused glass treasures in the Bedrock space at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, and reading Linda's post here, reminded me that it was about time for a visit to one of my favorite places, Bedrock Industries in Seattle.


All of the glass used at bedrock is recycled from bottles, cullet from a large local glass producer, and a glass blowing company.  Other materials roll in all of the time as buildings are demolished, glass light fixtures and traffic light lenses are replaced by plastic, etc. 


There are some items that one will nearly always find at Bedrock, like their line of exquisite glass tiles which you can see on their website,

and others that come and go.  The concrete statuary seconds have great prices and the glass domes, which would be cool cloches, were once bulb covers, maybe on a ship?  The day we visited was cold and rainy.  After having visited a couple Seattle area nurseries and getting a little wet (Umbrellas are for non northwesterners.)  the fire in was a warm and welcome sight. 
 
 
I always check out this area!  Who doesn't love a bargain?


These Glass Eye Studios seconds/discards would be very expensive if they were perfect.  However, these are so inexpensive that they can be used in plants or as centers for glass flowers. 

Heaven!

Who couldn't use some jellyfish?  These would look fun in an aquarium or as creatures in a sea of succulents. 

A couple of these glass flowers came home with me.

These heart wind chimes are sweet individually but aren't they fun all  together looking a little like a chandelier.
 
 Bottle neck rain chain anyone? 




 


So much great material for creative endeavors!  This is heaven for mosaic crafters!

Bedrock lollypops have become very popular garden art!

These timpani shaped glass former light fixtures can be put to all kinds of uses in the garden!

 
This sheet of mirrored, textured one inch square tiles needed to be added to my basement studio full of glass.  If you are ever in Seattle and enjoy glass or if you're looking for gorgeous fused glass tiles for a bathroom or kitchen remodel, be certain not to miss the unique, magical, creative, and simultaneously upscale and funky place known as Bedrock! 
 
Happy weekend all!

24 comments:

  1. I meant to seek them out at the show, but my half-day there was such a whirlwind, I forgot to look for their booth. I'm planning to go into town for a few nursery visits next week, or maybe the week after, so I'll just add to my list of places to visit.

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    1. So many places, so little time! Bedrock is wonderful and makes a nice trio with Peoples and Swansons!

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  2. So many shiny pretty things to look at. Love the idea of rain chains made of bottle necks! I have a friend with proper tools who is going to get giddy about this. The skeleton figures are a riot; what a fun Halloween decoration.

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    1. It's a fabulous place to get materials, finished work, and inspiration!

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  3. Great stuff from the glass. It looks nice. Very cool place!

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  4. I loved this place, as you know. I must remember to plan how to use the treasures I came away with.

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    1. There's always something new there to discover!

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  5. We have a fair number of offbeat specialty store, but in a city the size of Seattle you must be awash in them. This one looks like a lot of fun.

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    1. I need to become more familiar with the offbeat specialty stores in Seattle.

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  6. This place looks like fun, and the first two photos looked like candies!

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    1. They do indeed and your dentist would love for you to take a big bite!

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  7. It is really interesting...it is also interesting to think about different uses one can give to some of those glass figures. Nice, thanks!

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  8. Beautiful and colorful! Happy weekend, Peter!

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  9. I really like the orange and teal circles, that's a color combination I'm using for some knitted hats and the weeping tree shape is splendiferous. The purple glass is really pretty too. If I get up to Seattle I will have to look them up.

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    1. Next time you visit Seattle, do visit them! The Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Bedrock - Seattle icons that must be visited!

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  10. What a cool place, keep wanting to go there but I'm too busy gardening!

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    1. The weather has been so dreadful for the last few weekends that I've been visiting fun places instead of gardening. Glad that you've been having fun in the dirt!

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  11. What a cool place! I love glass art. But I really hope those jellyfish aren't real.

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    1. Oh no, they're glass jellyfish. The real thing would tend to burn a bit at 2700 degrees.

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