When Radhika Deshpande, a well-known face in the Marathi TV and film industry asked me if I could make stained glass trophies for her organisation, I was thrilled.
I had never made any trophies for anybody before this. Never ever.
10 Trophies and 54 medals in glass was her idea to encourage and celebrate young talent, a bunch of teenagers that were graduating from her organisation in Pune called ‘RadhikaCreations’.
The idea was to make wearable art in glass replacing the usual boring medals.
Interestingly Radhika asked me to make the glass pendants for both girls and boys with crystal beads at the end and it looked simple yet bright and catchy.
For the trophies, the initial plan was to make the base in wood and it seemed the most practical option against a metal base which would have been over the top expensive for both of us.
While I started cutting the Peacock trophy (which is actually a part of her logo) I thought and asked Radhika if we could use the half cut wine bottle base as the base for the trophy rather than getting it made in wood. To create an example Of recycled and upcycled version of glass art.
For all the wine bottles that I cut to make wind chimes, the base is either gifted or used at the studio to store tools and I thought it would make an excellent base for the trophy.
To fit the stained glass trophy, floral plants with a bit of earth into these bases was just perfect. We set an example of recycling, gifting plants and an art form of Tiffany style stained glass trophy, and it worked out beautifully. You can see the pictures 🙂
You need to meet fellow artists and clients like Radhika who believe in your work, and take you creative inputs positively, what else does an artist crave for? 🙂 Thank you Radhika.
AND my work is always incomplete till my friend and photographer Suchi Govindarajan captured it.
Thank you Suchi 🙂
The story of my butterfly wall tea-light holders goes back to 2009. I was a fresh student/ artist of stained glass work and I had made a 2D version of a one sided butterfly in stained glass. In December 2009, when the management at Olive Beach restaurant (Wood St. Bangalore) called me for their Christmas decor, they were keen on having tea light holders on their wall opposite the bar and as I got busy suggesting design for the same, the manager there asked me if I can convert the 2D butterfly into a 3D design and give it a small flat glass piece at the back to keep the candle, and I was thrilled at the idea.
‘This’ is the design I made then, about 12 butterflies were made and put up at Olive Beach 🙂 only to have put aside later, as this is a tedious and mathematical design to be honest. Re-introducing these butterflies once again, after my friend and my photographer @Suchi insisted that this must be re-crafted and believed in the design.
Here I am, introducing these first batch at the beautiful store ‘Timri’ in Indiranagar, Bangalore. Come, see it for yourself 🙂
Glasshopper is featured in the The Times of India’s online edition – ‘What’s hot .in’ Bengaluru edition 🙂
#CitySecrets: A Studio In Indiranagar For Stained Glass Goodies.
To the point: Glasshopper is reviving the art of stained glass with door and window panels, lamps and then using the remainder of shards and pieces for mosaics, windchimes, suncatchers, broaches and more.
Sarus Nirhali left the drab courtrooms a few years back and moved to the colourful world of stained glass. Working from a cute studio in Indiranagar, Glasshopper is all about reviving the rare art of Tiffany-style original stained glass in Bangalore.
Glasshopper is thrilled to be part of one of India’s biggest arts festival. Even bigger is the fact that it would be the first time original stained glass would be featured at this event. It is a big moment for us.
Here are some of the designs that I am launching at this festival and look forward to taking them to the #HTKGAF17 audience.
The 2D birds are back as garden sticks. These lovely birds will beautify your garden and balconies. Use them in the pots or stick them into the earth in your lovely gardens. Available in various color combinations.
These are tiny butterflies that I have made in over 30 different colours.
You can wrap these up anywhere you wish to. On a branch of a tree, to a rod, on a window pane, just anywhere. The long copper wire won’t be seen at all
So glad that ‘Glasshopper’ is mentioned and written about in the ‘inside story‘ Of the KGAF 2017.
Thank you Bhavia Thakkar for choosing my work in your write up
The Hindu also featured us as one of the 3 dark horses for the #HTKGAF17, do read!
See you at the stall. Join the handmade movement and spread love!