Half-Full Custom Glassware: The Other Half is You
Do you have a favorite glass? A mug for your beer or a tumbler for your Diet Dr. Pepper? Like cutlery for your beverages, glassware items are very personal and deserve some custom consideration, too. When you’re entertaining and you want to bring out your best, and after you wow your guests with custom bottle stoppers, pour some drinks into unique handmade shot glasses and wine glasses. Custom glassworks designed with someone special in mind also make thoughtful gifts. For your perusal, here are a few custom made glassware pieces by CustomMade artisans that might get your creative juices flowing.
Glass artist Alexander Smiley and his team from Alexander Smiley Custom Glass and Mixed Media have as their goal “to produce art objects of all kinds for the adornment of interior and exterior spaces that make a visual impact on the patron or viewer and become a visual staple of the space.” And if that space is just a table where you’re sharing a bottle of tequila with your friends, that’s all the room Alexander needs because “no job is too small” if it will make your world a little more beautiful. These “head banger” custom shot glasses will certainly do that. If you like this design or have another idea for a set of custom shot glasses, contact Alexander and talk it over. Read his PDF for his Capabilities and Services and you will find that he offers “equal listening and collaboration” and “never a pitch for a design that has already been produced…. The only requirements are an available space and a desire for the unique.”
This “Heart Monitor” blue shot glass with a fused red glass design by Scherer’s Glassworks is a great reminder to watch your health … or to enjoy life while you can. When you commission stunning custom glassworks, you get to choose. Steven Scherer practices the ancient art of lampworking but with an oxygen/propane torch instead of an alcohol lamp to heat the glass. His expertise, dedication, and his inner pyromania have impressed this reviewer:
It has been my unique privilege to have witnessed the development of this artist over the past 40 years. To condense this knowledge into a short blurb, I’d say that Steve’s inspiration comes from the daily discipline of touching glass to flame, a deep respect for nature and the willingness to continually learn and take risks.
Contact Steven and let him create any shot glass with colored glass patterns that you can imagine.
Sometimes creativity can be a bit frightening to consumers. Perhaps you’re in the ironic but unfortunately not unusual position of not knowing what you really want. The custom route is still your best bet, especially when you can find artisans like Tim and Carol Costin of Wesley Renee Glass Design. Think you don’t have a creative bone in your body? Tim and Carol disagree and they’ll help you find it. There’s just one catch:
We do business the new old fashion way, we actually communicate with our customers. So, if you don’t like personal service, and you don’t want to work with a real person to create your gift, then this may not be the best place for you to buy your gift.
The realistic roses on this piece were created through a technique known as shading, rarely seen on something as small as a glass. Watch this video where Tim demonstrates his etching and glass carving processes and you’ll see how he creates the shadow effects.
Pour through our custom glass gallery and you may find the courage to commission a custom project for yourself or as a gift. Get in touch with a custom glass artisan in your area or post your idea on our “Get It Made” job board so CustomMade artisans interested in your project can meet you creatively halfway.