Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Glass Factory Shopping!!

At last, here are all the bright colorful pictures I've promised. There's a fairly large shop attached to the glass factory where they sell the stuff, and it's amazing what they make. This is what you see when you walk in the shop...

These things are just amazing, but I know there's no way that we could get it back to the States in less than a million pieces. Here's a close-up of one of them; notice the price tag says 38035 yen. The exchange rate is roughly 100 yen to a dollar, so this vase and flowers would set you back almost $400. Ya gotta love the red, white, and blue!

They have vases in all different colors--turquoise shown here, darker blue, yellow, red, a bright lime green, and a few that are a beautiful pale pink color.

Larger vases with designs on them--no idea how they do that but it sure looks cool!

A collection of cups and goblets in different colors, this gives you an idea of all the colors that they work with.

Lee took this one of a little sprig of glass flowers that was attached to one of the shelves.

And just because every shop in Japan sells some, here are some Shisa. I don't think these were made in the glass factory though because I've seen ones exactly like these at several other shops. The one on the left is female and has her mouth closed to hold in the good spirits, and the male is on the right with his mouth open to frighten off evil spirits. You'll see these on roofs or at the entrances to homes and shops in Okinawa. They range in size from teeny ones about the size of a quarter to huge ones that would probably weigh hundreds of pounds, made out of concrete.

Lee and I found another shop that sells the Ryukyu glass yesterday, and they had a lot of pieces that were mostly clear glass, but the bottom of the cup would be colored glass. The glass also has a lot of bubbles in it and is not heat resistant, so I won't be putting our pieces in the dishwasher :) We bought two blue pieces (most of what we own is blue! Guess what Lee's favorite color is...mine are purple and green, at least those jive well with blue). I'll take pictures of the cups that we made and post those along with pics of the two pieces we bought so you can laugh at how silly ours look compared to the real thing :)

Stay tuned tomorrow for some pictures from the beer factory...yeah, we coulda skipped the beer factory part of the tour but we didn't have a choice on that one. :p


CCsMom said...

Oh, I can't wait!!! So beautiful! -- Mom

lizguidry said...

That is pretty neat-o! Wish I were there to go with you.

Can't wait to see the scrapbook page for this...

Karen said...

Came to your blog tonight, & enjoyed reading about your experience. You do beautiful cards, & I will return to read more. Thanks for telling about your adventure. Sounds exciting.


Anonymous said...

What a cool place Christy - thanks for sharing your adventures! llevans on SCS

Stampin' Annie said...

Ooh, that glass is cool! I'm thinking inspiration challenge material! :)