My pal, Alison (Bonney Lassie) gave me a heads up about Glass Gardens Northwest Fall Open House. You may recognize the talented Barbara Sanderson's work from The Northwest Flower and Garden Show, The Fronderosa Frolic, The Portland Yard, Garden, and Patio Show or any number of other venues. This open house offered special prices on seconds, discounts on regular items, and great food.
One of my long-time favorites is Barbara's Fiddlesticks. I love her color choices and the simple, beautiful shape of these.
Barbara's work reflects her love of gardens and her delightful personality!
GGNW's website contains great images of her work, lots of interesting information, and the ability to order online.
One of the nice things about visiting the hot shop, where the event took place, is that one gets to see some special creations that aren't for sale. Isn't this pea pod sweet?
Who wouldn't want a pot of these in his garden?
Yes, it was totally unintentional but reminds me of a story about Tacoma's Museum of Glass. Shortly after the neon sign was installed, a lift that was used to wash the windows (or something) for the grand opening was left (we'll never know if it was purposeful) for the evening in a position that covered the "GL" part of the sign, which is visible from 705, the main exit from I-5 to get to most of Tacoma. The museum will forever hold that title in my mind.
The hot shop was a delightful place to hang out on such a wet and cool day. Barbara's friendly assistant agrees.
There were lots of formerly-full tables. Barbara explained that people start to queue up as early as 7:30 for the 10:00 a.m. opening. We arrived at around 11:00. You see, there was this cool warehouse in the same complex full of cool junque. (Got that skeleton pelvis from Tuesday's post there along with some other fun finds.)
Still so much to see!
Here's the artist gazing into her crystal ball. She's predicting a mild winter and great gardening success for everyone (Guessing.) She made many hundreds of these ornaments in the same color for a corporate client last year.
Make sure to check out GGN's site for a list of future shows, including the spring open house!