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 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!
The media comes searching for my work and me, and you can see the outcome – A wonderful 10 minute documentary on original stained glass and on ‘yours truly’
About 2 weeks back, my former student and now a good friend, Deepika Sharma was interviewed by News9 while she was taking a mosaic workshop at a prominent art/workshop space in Bangalore. In her interview she mentioned me as her teacher and that’s how News9’s search for an original stained glass artist in Bangalore finally ended.
Thank you Riya and team News9 for the documentary on my work.
I am so excited to share this with you.
I am not a jewellery person, I adorn jewellery pieces, yes I do, but for me jewellery has always been precious metal and gems. That’s what comes to my mind when I hear the word ‘Jewellery’ Please pardon my limited interest in ornaments and jewellery, but all these years I believed that anything other than precious metals and gems is nothing but just an assembly of beads to make something that is attractive and a fun project to match this accessory with your attire.
I believe in Metal smiths, Silver/goldsmiths who are the ‘kaarigars’, artists who have kept the concept of ‘Handmade’ intact with beating, welding, soldering, carving hard metals to perfection. It’s the ‘kaarigars’ who create, others, assemble. With all due respect to each person who attempts handmade creations, I was lucky enough to be chosen by Aarohi Singh, artist and designer at ‘Art by Aarohi’.
I must admit that I have been a fan of Aarohi’s work, followed her creations through all social media links and I have also personally known her for a while now. When Aarohi came to me with the idea of getting some pieces done in glass for jewellery with her original artwork sandwiched in between two glasses, I was thrilled, and asked her if we could do this together 🙂 She said Yes!
Six months into making jewellery and these past six months have been nothing but a non-stop learning for me. As artist, as an entrepreneur, these past few months were precious. There have been times when I was overwhelmed by all this, but Aarohi made sure that I observe and work on the details of each piece that I craft. Cutting a pair of perfect circles, grinding them to perfection, copper foiling them and eventually soldering them together was tough. For me, this was a sudden shift from making and designing 7 X 3 square feet stained glass door panels to creating a 1inch diameter circular jewellery piece. It was a giant leap and it only made me realise my true potential as a stained glass artist when I slowly started working perfectly onto much smaller glass pieces. Aarohi and me are all set to launch our creation really soon and meanwhile I am eager to share some of the ‘work in progress’ photos of our work.
Do take a look and we eagerly look forward having you at our launch event on Aug27th and 28th!
Please do click here, to read more about ArtbyAarohi and the fusion projects.
To view this first collection do drop by at the ArtbyAarohi Studio in Bangalore on the 27th and 28th of Aug 2016 at: