Lately I've been a tad obsessed with blown glass paperweights. It all started about a year ago, when my boss gave me one as a gift. It's clear with sage green, very organic looking, and signed on the bottom by the artist. Naturally, I thought it was a silly gift. I didn't appreciate it. I wondered how long I'd have to keep it around before I could hide it away.
Slowly, I grew to understand how useful it could be. I had a stack of papers on a corner of my desk. I grabbed it without thinking to hold them. It did its job beautifully! More importantly, however, it was just lovely. The light would catch it at certain times of the day and make me appreciate that it was truly a piece of art glass. It added a touch of class to my desk. Useful AND beautiful...right up my alley.
Since then, I've discovered the world of vintage blown glass paperweights. There's a whole collecting niche devoted to them, and many were made right in my backyard, here in Indiana or next door in Ohio. I'm featuring a couple of gorgeous examples in the shop right now: