Happy Friday! Grace is flying home today after a quick 36-hour trip to Minneapolis (Target campus!), so I thought I’d start the day with something beautiful to get my mind off the rain that’s forecasted for the next ten days (and desperately trying to refrain from making a “glass half-empty” comment). This breathtaking glassware is made in Japan by American Peter Ivy and was recently discovered by Taku and Keiko Shinomoto, the Japanese owners of LA’s Tortoise Store, who brought Ivy’s work back home with them. I love the copper against the green tint of the mouth-blown glass. Ivy says of his work, “When I came to Japan, I recognized quickly that there was a fit between my own sensibility as a maker and the culture here. I also felt a great curiosity about the sensibility of handmade items in Japan that I had not discovered in in the US. If indeed my work does end up being displayed in the US, I really enjoy the idea of it being within the context of ‘things Japanese.'” — Amy A.
Image above: small tumbler, $45; large tumbler, $60; small glass jars, $190; large containers, $275