A Buyer's Guide for Blown Glass Bowls & Vases

Buying blown glass bowls and vases can be a fun, but sometimes challenging task. With so many shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? This buyer's guide will help make the process a little bit easier. We'll break down some of the most popular styles of blown glass bowls and vases, and give you tips on what to look for when making your purchase. Let's get started!

Know The Purpose Why You're Buying

Functionality is essential. Blown glass is often used for both ornamental and functional purposes. When choosing blown glass bowls or vases, it is important to consider how you will be using the piece. If you plan on using the blown glass item primarily for display, then you may want to choose a more delicate or intricate design. However, if you plan on using the blown glass piece for practical purposes such as serving food or holding flowers, then you will want to make sure that the piece is sturdy and able to withstand regular use.

What will happen if you fail to consider functionality in buying blown glass? You'll end up with a blown glass that is beautiful but not functional. It will only be good for display and you'll have to get another one for function. To save you the trouble, consider these things before buying blown glass.

Consider The Material Used

When blown glass is created, the artist uses a variety of materials to achieve the desired look. The most common material used in blown glass is borosilicate glass, which is a type of heat-resistant glass. This type of glass is often used in scientific laboratories because it can withstand high temperatures and is less likely to shatter than other types of glass.

Other materials that are sometimes used in blown glass include leaded crystal, soda lime glass, and fused quartz. Each of these materials has its own unique properties that can affect the overall look and feel of the finished piece. For example, leaded crystal is often used for its clarity and sparkle, while soda lime glass is more opaque and has a softer appearance. Each type of blown glass has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Consider The Artist's Style

When blown glass is created, the artist often has a specific style in mind. This means that each piece of blown glass is unique and has its own individual characteristics. As a result, it's important to take the artist's style into account when choosing blown glass bowls and vases.

The artist's style can affect the overall look and feel of the blown glass. It can also impact the price. Therefore, it's important to select blown glass that fits your personal taste and budget.

There are a few things to keep in mind when considering the artist's style:

  • The colors of the blown glass.
  • The shape of the blown glass.
  • The patterns on the blown glass.
  • The size of the blown glass.

Know That Blown Glass Can Either Be Mass-produced Or Handmade

When it comes to blown glass, there are two main types: mass-produced and handmade. Handblown glass is usually more expensive than mass-produced glass because it is made by skilled artisans. However, handmade blown glass often has more character and is of better quality. If you're looking for a unique piece of blown glass, consider opting for a handmade option.

Quality of Craftsmanship Should Be Verified

The quality of the craftsmanship. Blown glass is an intricate process that requires a lot of skill and precision. When blown glass is done well, it results in a beautiful and unique piece of art. Make sure to check for any irregularities or imperfections before purchasing a blown glass bowl or vase.

Consider The Price

Blown glass bowls and vases can range in price depending on the size, complexity, and quality of the piece. It's important to find a balance between what you want and what you can afford. Don't be afraid to shop around until you find the perfect blown glass bowl or vase for your home.

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Check The Return Policy

When you purchase blown glass, it's important to know the return policy of the store or artist in case there are any problems with your purchase. Blown glass is a delicate material, and sometimes bowls and vases can arrive damaged. If this happens, you'll want to be able to return the item for a refund or exchange.

Some blown glass may also have slight imperfections, such as small bubbles in the glass. These imperfections are normal and do not affect the quality of the piece. However, if you're not satisfied with a piece of blown glass because of these imperfections, you should be able to return it for a refund or exchange.

In summary, blown glass is a beautiful but fragile material. When purchasing blown glass, make sure to find out the return policy so that you can be sure you're satisfied with your purchase.

So, what are you waiting for? If you're in the market for a blown glass bowl or vase, be sure to keep all of these things in mind. And if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to call us. We'd love to help you find the perfect piece of blown glass art for your home.

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