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Today the Department of Miniature Marvels is exploring the extraordinary work of glass artist Kiva Ford, who uses his background in scientific glassblowing to create astonishingly small beakers, laboratory flasks, cylinders, wine glasses, vases and more. Some of Ford’s miniature glassware is barely an inch tall and contains even smaller glass objects.

“A member of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society, Kiva creates instruments for scientists who require one-of-a-kind designs for various experiments. The same techniques and tools used for scientific equipment also apply to his artistic practice including the miniature works you see here, as well as larger sculptures, and ornate drinkware.”

Visit Kiva Ford’s website or Instagram feed to check out many more images of his marvelous hand-blown glass miniatures, some of which are available for purchase via his Etsy shop.

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GLAS (1958) is a must watch for all lovers of beauty. 10 minutes of perfection, both in glass-blowing and in film-making. 

Let’s talk about handmade items and their pricing.

I just got a super rude message from sparkly-tampon that said something like “$70 for a pipe is $50 too much.” She was referring to this pipe by Dream aka glitterpipes on Etsy.

Let’s think about this a little bit. Do you know what goes into glass blowing?

Think about the time and labor that went into making that pipe and the cost of materials and all of the equipment needed to make it. $70 is an amazing price for such a pretty and durable pipe that is HANDMADE in the U.S!

We Americans are incredibly spoiled and impatient and accustomed to buying things that are made in sweatshops. When we see something that’s more than $20, we’re way too quick to judge it as “overpriced.” 

If you don’t want to pay that much for a pipe, then you can buy a poorly made knockoff that will probably break immediately and was quite possibly made in a sweatshop.

As a jewelry designer who has been knocked off many times by companies who have reproduced my products and sometimes even used my own images to sell them– this shit really fucking bothers me! Support the original design. 

P.S. I do not work for Dream. They’re my friends and I like promoting them on my blog! I own a few of their pipes and they’re amazing!


Today the Department of Gorgeous Glass Art is further exploring more extraordinary work by Indiana-based glass artist Kiva Ford (previously featured here). Ford combines his artistic skills with his background in scientific glassblowing to create delicate glass vessels that contain miniature glass objects, including animals, body parts, flowers, and geometric structures, exquisitely detailed and trapped inside like scientific specimens inside impossible bottles.

“Ford’s artistic work is influenced by his interests in history, mythology, and the natural world, and his affinity for scientific objects led him to pursue a college degree in Scientific Glassblowing. Several of his pieces are treated as if they were natural specimens preserved in jars like a floating, wriggling octopus, colorful glass birds, or delicate glass flowers sealed within glass bell jars.”

One of our favorites among his recent creations is a larger, elaborate piece entitled Metamorphosis, which features each stage of the metamorphosis of the red-eyed tree frog, from egg to tadpole to adult frog, as a progression through a series of laboratory glassware.

This video provides a fascinating look at how Ford creates his sculptures:

Follow Kiva Ford on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with his latest hand-blown glass creations. Many of his miniature sculptures are available for purchase via his Etsy shop.

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