If you're getting married, chances are you've heard of a sand ceremony, where the bride and groom pour two sands together as a symbol of being inseparable. It's a sweet tradition.
But what happens with that sand when you get home? You put it in a pretty vase, and then it just... sits there. Well, it sits there till your Labrador puppy or two-year-old bumps into it and the symbol of your unity is now embedded in your carpet for all eternity. Till it gets sucked up by your vacuum.
Last week, I was talking to a business associate of mine who described a fantastic twist on this tradition. Instead of combining sand, the bride and groom combine tiny pebbles of colored glass. After the wedding, they deliver the glass pebbles to her studio, and she fires them together in her kiln into a beautiful, functional work of art.
I became instantly smitten with this idea. Today I photographed samples of her work, and wanted to share it with you.
The glassware is available in numerous colors, styles and shapes. Contact Helen for more details at Get Fired Up, here in Sanford Maine.
...And if you're from out of town, out of state, or even farther, contact Helen anyway - the kit is easy to ship wherever you are.
|At the beginning of the ceremony: Two vessels, two colors.|
|During the ceremony, the grains of glass are poured together.|
|Once combined, they're virtually inseparable.|
|Several types of containers are available for the kit - or you can use your own.|
|A closeup of the two colors before, and the finished piece of fused glass.|
|Stunningly beautiful, and surprisingly durable.|
|Choose many different colors, shapes, styles. Personalizing is also available.|