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puddle of ink pen holder

by Jill Henrietta Davis
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Get Inked

At once cheeky and artful, glassmaker Jill Henrietta Davis' hand-blown penholder captures the old world charm of a quill and inkwell in a vibrant, modern design.

Use it hold that special pen or to deter pen-snatching coworkers from borrowing your favorite stylo. Go ahead--tell them those rich swirls of colored glass are really just exploded ballpoints. Handmade in Rhode Island.

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Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
20728
Made from
glass
Measurements
Approx. 2.5" H x 1.5" dia. Top dia. approx 3/4"
  • the maker
Jill Henrietta Davis

Jill Henrietta Davis

In 1988, after experimenting with many different materials and art forms, artist Jill Henrietta Davis was first exposed to the wonders of molten glass and immediately fell under its spell. Sixteen years, a BFA and an MFA later, she remains as smitten as ever.

"Glass can do things that would be impossible with any other material, and although the learning process is quite difficult, once you gain a little fluency, blowing glass is just plain fun," Jill says. "I try to convey this fun by blending humor with fine craftsmanship in my designs." collection

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PUDDLE OF INK PEN HOLDER
 
5.0

(based on 1 review)

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5.0

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Pros

  • It is unique
  • Its a great small gift

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about PUDDLE OF INK PEN HOLDER:

      This was purchased as a graduation gift, so it is a perfect size and one of a kind!

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      When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

      1394votes, 164 comments

      jen
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      A pen holder should hold more than 1 pen

      sue
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Very cool. Love the color. Clever.

      Seneca
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Should hold more than one pen.

      Jacqueline
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Love this! It's not supposed to hold more than your one favorite, special pen. Minimalism, folks.

      Suzanne
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Lovely and probably much more handy than the crowded pen holder currently on my desk.

      Dawn
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      ?????

      Lane Maeve
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Amusing

      Amanda
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It's just okay. I agree with other comments, it should either hold more than one pen, or should look exactly like an inkwell, rather than just suggest the same shape.

      Tessa
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I'd use it as a minature vase versus pen holder.

      Mallory
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Realtively decent price and great idea; Perfect for your favorite pen. I think there should be another one that will hold more than one pen to satisfy those who like it but want it larger.

      Jessica
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      one pen? and I have to have good aim in a hurry...no

      Jen
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      I get tnat it can only hold one pen to make the design work, but its not practical. A better approach would be to increase the price and include one really nice pen.

      Stacey
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      like it but wish it would hold more than one pen.

      ASHLEY
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Ack.

      Shelley
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Just an expensive pen holder. Not impressed.

      Tara
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I like it but probably wouldn't use it as a pen holder. It only holds one pen and I don't think I have, or would ever have, a fancy enough pen to use this. But for $20 it's a fun desk ornament. Maybe since it's a modern take on an inkwell, get a large peacock feather or something like that? Could be fun to play with.

      Diana

      should have a beautiful pen that comes with it.

      kathryn
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Really pretty

      MELISSA
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      i agree that it looks more like a bud vase to me than an ink well. for the 'exploded ballpoint' look to play (and for me to want to use

      Meagan
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Beautiful desktop decoration for a great price! Classes things up a bit.

      Cynthia

      Would be great if it were large enough to hold a real pen (ie not disposable).

      Ginger
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Reasonably priced and very attractive!

      jodi
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I can never seem to find a good pen when I need one-this would solve that problem! Love the color too!

      Mariah
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      I agree it should hold more that one pen, or look more like an inkwell. I could also see this as more of a vase. but maybe it is just the pen in the picture makes it look cheap?

      vanessa
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      should be able to hold more than one pen!

      Dixie
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Love it. I might buy this as a gift for a friend to keep on her desk at work. Cute and not over priced. Way to go Ms. Davis. Love it.

      Bonnie
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I like it.

      Bonita
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Only holds one pen..I sure have a lot more than that on my desk.

      Elizabeth
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      i wouldn't pay 20 dollars for a pen holder that holds only one pen. i like the design, but it isn't worth $20 to me..

      Gabriela
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It just seems weird that it only holds one pen. Maybe that's just me...

      Andrea
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      seems a bit excessive for just one pen... i would never buy that.

      Mitzi
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I would buy more than one of these. Price is very reasonable. Very cute idea

      Tina Marie
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      would have to be a very expensive pen to put it in a $20 pen holder. how many cheap pens would fit in a paper cup ?

      Jessica
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Why would I further clutter my desk with a penholder that only holds one pen? While the idea is interesting, this is the 21st century; we no longer write with quills.

      Darcy
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I agree with "Love this! It's not supposed to hold more than your one favorite, special pen. Minimalism, folks."

      Amanda
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      it's an interesting design, but not practical enough to buy. it doesn't hold enough pens, especially when it's marketed with a cheap plastic pen.

      Mary
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      I would want something that would hold more than one pen

      Dana
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Pretty, but not practical.

      Lynn
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      definitely better marketed as a mini vase

      Ann
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I love everything about this! It's functional, beautiful, priced perfectly and best of all....HANDMADE IN THE USA ! And all you need is one pen...NOT A CLUTTERED JAR of several. Less is more. I can wait to buy one!

      Anita
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Love it!

      Kathleen
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      For ONE PEN? It should be sold as a vase with a longer stem.

      lorraine
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It should hold more than one pen!

      anna
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Great idea and love that it is handblown however I don't think many people will purchase a glass pen holder for only 1 pen, should be larger for $40....makes more sense.

      Kendra
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Love the idea, and the pen hold itself is definitely my style-but only one pen? Not very functional.

      Melodi
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Just more cluter laying around!

      Barbara
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Just why would it deter pen thieves?

      Vonette
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      i dont get it?????

      Kimberly
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Very pretty-- I would want a fancy pen to put in it.

      cari
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Wouldn't use this.

      Fran
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I would not use it but it is beautiful, the price is right and this would be a great gift.

      Heidi
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      What's the point. it holds one pen and isn't that pretty or artfully crafted.

      Lisa
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Clever, just wish it was bigger or held more pens.

      judy
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Cute idea, nice glass piece, but the exploding pen thing just isn't coming across to me. My desk is big, but I really would not use a one-pen holder.

      madeline
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      nice paperweight and conversatio piece

      Jamie
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Seems a bit expensive just to hold one pen.

      Jody
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Clever! I love it!

      Janet
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      beautiful but impractical

      Andrea
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      This pen holder is very small it looks as though it can only hold 1-2 pens? I do like the design of the glass though.

      Melissa
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It's lame.

      Theresa
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Doesn't look useful

      Emma

      It's just like the other pen holder you carry and not as innovative.

      bonnie
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      whimsical and silly - a fun gift, priced right.

      nicole
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      too small. who onlu keeps one pen out at a time?

      Amy
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Not quite right, but good idea.

      Michelle
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      For the person that has everything.

      Patty
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Who has just one pen

      Linda
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      good value!

      Daniel
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      A glass pen holder that holds one pen is extra clutter on my desk until I break it.

      Irene

      This would be another one of those "wants" not "needs". Why would you even want it? Just another gimmick to blow a $20 bill. Thumbs down!

      Amanda
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      beautiful but too impractical. should hold more than one pen.

      Jamie
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Love it! Keeps desktop cleaner with the one pen antone needs at one time!

      Laurie
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      That would be broken on a busy desk.

      Laura
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      AMAZING!

      Kim
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Agree with Jen...pen holders whould be larger. Call it a bud vase and I'd be more likely to buy it.

      Judith L
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Cheap, but nothing very special.

      claire
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I like that it only holds one pen - you can't write with more than one pen at a time anyway.

      Jennifer
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      love it!

      Kelleigh
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      cute.

      christina
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Meh.

      Jessica
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      This is a great idea, but it's way too small - it makes it impractical!

      Amara
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Stupid

      Becca
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Reasonably priced and super cute, even if it only holds one pen.

      Kathleen
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Funky cute and a great price to boot!

      Julie
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      I'm afraid that one pen only fits in the vase and if a high quality pen (heavier)was in there it might tip.

      Angie
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Beautiful!

      Mary
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      It's beautiful

      Khanh
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Love it! want it! Can't get enough of that gorgeous blue...

      Jennifer
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      It's pretty. Not sure I'd ever use it though. Good as a stocking stuffer.

      Eileen
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      What a great gift for those who have a special pen! I love fountain pens, and this is a great holder for the lucky person who owns a very special pen ! Price is fabulous! I'd get this just for my drawing pens! Love it!

      Sara
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      I can't imagine giving or getting this

      Wendy
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      The blue swirls in the glass are pretty, but this really isn't practical -- just one pen??

      Erin
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I kinda love that it only holds one pen.

      Linda
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Good gift price point

      joy
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      impractical

      Tony
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It doesn't really look like ink. Plastics and silcones could have been more realistic.

      Sharon
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Why a pretend inkwell for a ballpoint? Doesn't make sense to me.

      taryn
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Take a better picture with a nicer pen, one worthy of the holder

      Amy
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It's pretty, but needs to be able to hold more pens for the price!

      Xena
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Needs to hold more than one pen. And it's really not very unique.

      Stephanie
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      super neat!

      Parvathi
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      "that special pen" would be much fatter than the inexpensive pen pictured and would never fit into the penholder opening.

      Kathy
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      not very creative

      Pam
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      like it as a vase. Eh, as a pen holder

      Katie
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Maybe you could raise the price and include a matching pen. the only time a pen holder is only capable of holding a single writing utensil then that device better be the best darn pen you have ever seen. Not some give away convention swag.

      hannah
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      It would be better if it could hold more than one pen.

      Amy
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Should hold more than one pen

      SJM
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Great price for a small gift! And I like that it only holds one pen, I think the visual effect would be lost of it held more than one. I also would never get a pen holder that looked exactly like an inkwell, since I'm not Ben Franklin...

      Colleen

      I think I would like this more if it held more than one pen

      M
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      $20 to hold one pen is crazy.

      Lisa
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      i would like it better if it held more than one pen... might be cuter as a bud vase instead.

      SUZETTE
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Great idea. Would be nice if it could hold at least two pens.

      Julie
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It's very pretty but too small. I would like it better if it held a few pens.

      Ann
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Only one pen?

      Laila
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      O.K. afraid it would break though

      Elizabeth
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      put a different pen in the shot, somethng a little less blah

      Beth
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Very cute!

      Betty
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Too cutesy

      Carol

      love the color

      Maureen
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Nice design, and hand-blown glass is always beautiful to have.

      Anne
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Very pretty... love the color. I love hand-blown glass. This would make a very unique gift.

      Suzanne
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Okay price for a gift for a co-worker but should be reworked to hold more than one pen

      Dr. Sowande

      this is so so . could be cute and also could be considered lame. lol.

      Anne
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      boring.

      Kelly
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      seems silly

      Alice
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I wouldn't buy this for myself but it would make a nice gift.

      Carole
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      cool gift to give the boss!

      Marilyn

      THumbs up!

      Kate
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Not very practical.

      Kayla
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Pretty as a gift. Price is right for a gift also.

      Caren
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I love it! Very unique!

      Angela
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Gorgeous!

      Andrea Gray
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      I feel like this could have been more clever. Maybe the glass could've had real ink encapsulated in the bottom of the glass piece, to make it appear to be a real inkwell, while the penholder piece remained closed off in order to hold a regular pen?

      Deborah
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Kind of interesting.

      Heidi
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      why?

      Hallie
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Inexpensive unique way to keep a pen on a desk

      Patti
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      My husband is a pen fanatic and holders catch his eye, too. I think this is unique and artsy -- right up his right brain alley!

      Jackie
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Love it.. great gift for someone's desk. Seems to be priced well

      Sherri
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Cute gift for college student, especially if nice pen is included!

      Tina
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Would love to see this in a larger size as well.

      Delyn
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Eh.

      Shannon
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It's small. Pretty, but also pretty useless. And overpriced.

      Jaye
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      Too fragile to be practical.

      Sarah
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It is simply not practical.

      Marla
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Looks like it would be a cute bud vase too.

      Eleny
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It is pretty but like other have said, a pen holder needs to hold more then one.

      Jenny
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I love the hand blown glass paperweights, and if this is heavy enough, it would be a perfect combo of both.

      Angie

      Cool idea, un cool price. Too much for what it does!!!

      Heidi
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      also, great price!!!

      Sharon
      Vote: Thumbs down!

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      Michelle
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      mixed feelings on this one so probably wouldn't spend the money for myself or give as gift.

      Joana
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      i wouldnt pay 20 dollars for something to hold ONE pen, no matter how cute it looked. one pen? seriously?!

      Heather
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Pretty, but teachers may not want an item which can be broken and used as a weapon on their desk. Could a pewter or sterling version be made, also? Price could vary, yes.

      ELLEN
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I like it, but would have to find the correct pen for it. Kind of looks dumb with the pen in the picture.

      Jesse
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      color options?

      KAREN
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      It had better be a very special pen if it gets it's own holder.

      Mary
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Not too expensive, and definitely something I would buy as a gift.

      Beth
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      I like it, can see using it on a desk for a favorite pen, corking it and making it an unusual ink well, or using it as a mini vase as suggested already. I like art glass, this is affordable, fun nd it comes in my favorite color. ;-)

      stacie
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      very neet. Nice to use at a register if you own your own store.

      Sasha
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      You should only need one pen if people quit "borrowing" or forgeting to give it back. How many pens do you want to go through?

      Meya
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      needs a fancy pen to go with it. Maybe a modern quill pen.

      Kirsten
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      Very clever and artistic!

      Eileen
      Vote: Thumbs up!

      This is pretty. I can see using this for a small flower vase as well.

      Tim
      Vote: Thumbs down!

      only holds one pen

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