The Beginner's Guide to Choosing Blown Glass Bowls & Vases

If you're new to the world of blown glass bowls and vases, the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming. In this guide, we'll break down the basics so you can choose the perfect piece for your home. 

What Is Glass Blowing?

Glass blowing is an age-old craft with a rich history dating back thousands of years. In more recent times, it has become a popular form of art and decoration. Today, there are many talented glassblowers around the world who create unique pieces that can be used to decorate your home. Choosing the right blown glass bowl or vase can be a daunting task, but don't worry – we're here to help! In this guide, we'll outline the basics of blown glass so you can make an informed decision. 

What Are The Types Of Blown Glass?

There are two main types of blown glass: hand-blown and machine-blown. As the name suggests, hand-blown glass is crafted by skilled artisans using blowpipes and other tools. This type of glass is usually more expensive but is also more unique and may be of better quality.

Machine-blown glass, on the other hand, is produced by machines in mass quantities. It is less expensive but may not be as high quality as hand-blown glass. When choosing blown glass bowls and vases, keep in mind that each piece is unique and no two are exactly alike. This is part of the charm of blown glass – each piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art. 

What Should I Keep In Mind When Choosing A Blown Glass?

Now that you know the basics, it's time to start shopping! When choosing blown glass bowls and vases, there are a few things to keep in mind.

When choosing blown glass bowls and vases, it is important to consider both aesthetics and functionality. Aesthetics are important because you want your bowl or vase to look good in your home. However, functionality is also important because you want to be able to use your bowl or vase for its intended purpose.

You should also consider the size of the piece. Blown glass bowls and vases come in all shapes and sizes, so it's important to choose one that is appropriate for the space where it will be displayed.

When choosing a blown glass bowl or vase, size is an important consideration. If you choose a piece that is too small, it will look out of proportion and may be easily knocked over. If you choose a piece that is too large, it may dominate the room and make it feel cramped. The best way to select the right size is to measure the space where you plan to display the piece and then choose a bowl or vase that is appropriate for that space.

In addition to size, you also need to consider the shape of the piece when choosing blown glass bowls and vases. Bowls and vases come in a variety of shapes, so it is important to select one that will fit well with the other pieces in your home. For example, if you have a lot of square or rectangular shapes in your home, choosing a round bowl or vase will help to create a sense of balance.

You also need to think about the color of the piece when choosing blown glass bowls and vases. While clear glass is always an option, there are also many different colors of glass available. You may want to choose a color that compliments the other colors in your home, or you may want to choose a color that stands out and makes a statement. Whatever you decide, be sure to take the time to find the right color for your needs.

Finally, don't forget to factor in price. Blown glass can be quite expensive, so set a budget before you start shopping. With these tips in mind, you're sure to find the perfect blown glass bowl or vase for your home.

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Why Is It Important To Look For Blown Glass Art In Reputable Art Galleries?

When choosing blown glass bowls and vases, it is important to purchase from reputable art stores or galleries. This will ensure that the piece is authentic and of high quality. Blown glass is a delicate art form, so it is important to find a bowl or vase that has been made by a skilled artisan. Furthermore, reputable art stores will often have a return policy in case you are not satisfied with your purchase.

You can also be assured that the artists who sell their work in these places have been through a rigorous vetting process and are of the highest quality. The prices for their work will be fair and reflect the true value of the piece and you'll have access to a wide variety of blown glass art, from traditional to contemporary.

If you’re in the market for some new blown glass art, be sure to keep these tips in mind. Glass blowing is a unique and beautiful art form, and with the right piece, it can really add some flair to your home or office. Our team at The Marshall Gallery can help you find the perfect blown glass vase or bowl for your space, so don’t hesitate to give us a call today. We would be happy to walk you through our selection and answer any questions you may have!

Are You Looking for Contemporary Art to Complement Your Home?

The Marshall Gallery, located in Scottsdale’s Historic Arts District, has been the center of contemporary art since its founding in 1998. Boasting a collection of paintings, sculptures, and exquisite glass pieces, the gallery hosts several exhibitions each year plus a biennial glass invitational that attracts top-notch talent. Here you will find exceptional art presented in an open and relaxed gallery space, which is perfect for browsing the ever-changing collection. Explore on your own, or allow our expert art consultants to offer complimentary assistance to find the perfect addition to your own collection. Looking for the perfect piece of art to complement your home’s decor? Visit us in person or browse our online art store!

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