In 2022, one of my goals for GlassHouse Design was to concentrate on bringing new and exciting products out on a regular basis. This collection, my first of the year, has been a complete joy to create, and I really hope you all like it as much as I do!
As Valentines is fast approaching, I knew that my first collection of the year would be Valentines themed. I also knew I wanted to stick with a more traditional Valentine's symbol, eg hearts, flowers or similar, and in the end, after much sketching and scribbling, I landed on my final design, a sort of patchwork heart built around a central diamond shape.
Next I had to think about colours for my new release, I wanted to do something a bit different with my first collection of the year, so I decided that each heart I created would be entirely unique, using a different combination of colours and types of glass.
In the end, I've released 10 different colour ways of my Valentine's heart, each has it's own colour story. I've created some images for you below showing the original images that inspired each of the hearts.
Crystal is the only heart in this collection containing clear glass. I wanted to play with texture with this one, so each section is different from the rest. From deeply ridged glass on the outside edges, to the hammered texture of the iridescent pieces at the top, each piece of glass in this panel was both a challenge and a joy to work with.
Iris is another of the flower themes in this collection. I knew for one of the hearts, wanted to create something darker and more luxurious, with deep purples, mauves and pinks. When I was doing my colour research I found a photo of some gorgeous Iris flowers and knew that was the palette I was going to aim for. This piece really comes alive when the light shines through it and you can see the richness and depths of the coloured glass.
Mist is my tribute to valley life- I recently moved to a very steep sided valley and almost every day we have mist rolling around the hills. It has a really calming, meditative feeling to it, which I tried to echo in the soft grey tones and pure white centre of this heart. The glass forming the two side panels has a wispy, smoky effect of white on clear and is one of those glasses that I've had in my stash for ages but rarely reach for - although this piece has made me question why!
I think this one is my absolute favourite of the whole collection, the dark glass I've used in shades of navy, indigo and grey is sooooooo scrummy! As with Mist, this colour combination feels really calming to me, with the deep blue centre of the heart surrounded by shades of grey and indigo.