Friday, February 12, 2010

Tribute to Finnish Glassware

Finns, like most artists, find inspiration for art in the world surrounding them. Being the arctic country that they are (1/3 of the nation lies above the arctic circle), they find ways to capture the feel of snow and ice in their art. Here are some examples:

My own father, though not an artist in the traditional sense, has come up with ways to turn ice into art. He creates ice candles every winter. He fills 5-gallon paint buckets with water and leaves them outside to partially freeze. Then he turns them upside down, letting the excess water to drain. What is left is a frosted-over, crackled, hurricane-style vase with an empty cavity in the middle for the candles. It's one of the neatest sites to see--these ice candles lined up and lit in the middle of the dark winter. I wish I had a picture to show.

I've never worked with glass, and don't intend to anytime in the near future, and I don't have any 5-gallon paint buckets left over from my painting days (no garage to store them in). So I can't mimic the glassware or my dad's ice candles. But the other day, when out playing in the snow with my kids, with icicles dripping everywhere, I was reminded of the Finnish glassware and of my father's ice candles. So I got to work: I turned the icicles upside-down in the snow, and leaned them all together in a tepee-like fashion. Then I put a candle in the middle and lit it. And here is my creation: Certainly not on the level of glassware, and not as cool as my dad's candles, but neat nonetheless. It stayed lit for hours, and we kept our curtains open, just so we could stare at it.

1 comment:

  1. that is so pretty! i would have never thought of doing anything like that. i'll have to remember this idea for some cold day. (it might have to wait until next winter though, since we are rushing into spring here).

    i would have totally kept my windows open too, so i could look at it. :)