The Travis family has been in business in our county since the early 1980s. Their works are breath-taking and have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution. The process is very tedious, with layer upon layer of glass, fused with multiple firings in the kiln. Fusing glass began about 3,500 years ago. Layers of glass with colors in between are fired in a kiln until the glass gets hot enough to fuse together. Depending on the complexity of the piece, several firings may be required to meld all the glass pieces together into one piece. There are platters, plates, bowls, oil jugs, and decorative outdoor plaques. All of them are lovely.
No photographs are allowed inside the Glass Feather, but plenty of artwork covers the gardens.
One of their outdoor plaques, with an assortment of wildflowers:
A Cardinal perches atop a deck rail:
This very large piece is really impressive.
A moving work of art, the glass sculpture is designed to catch the wind and turn, providing a kaleidoscope of color:
The happy little wren greets visitors to the gardens:
And there must always be a chickadee:
Glass boxes surround a cardinal:
While we could not take pictures inside, I can show you one of Patricia Travis's large bowls. We bought this one last year and it gives us great joy. The piece is very heavy and while it could be used for serving (it's even dishwasher safe), we keep it as a work of art.