recycled glass giraffe night light

by Vawn and Mike Gray $38.00
Handmade
Recycled
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PLEASE NOTE: This item has been built to U.S. electronics specifications and may need additional modifications or converters to be used in countries other than the U.S. and Canada.

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Vawn and Mike Gray bring humble recycled glass to new heights with this googly-eyed giraffe made from colorful bits of recycled glass. This long-necked fellow is kiln-formed and fused from broken bottles that were rescued before they reached the landfill. The gentle curve of the glass conceals the light bulb and provides an attractive view from all angles. Produces a warm, ambient glow akin to candlelight. Four watt bulb included. Handmade in Cape Coral, Florida. Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Exclusive
Item ID
23398
Made from
plastic, recycled glass
Measurements
5" H x 3.5" W x 2.5" D
Notes
Care instructions: clean with glass cleaner.
Hold by plug, not by shade, to prevent unnecessary stress on light. Power Prongs do not rotate.
  • the maker

Vawn and MikeGray

For 20 years, Vawn and Mike Gray created and sold original lines of fine arts and crafts. But they were always haunted by the environmentally wrong processes and materials that were involved with it--Aerosol spray cans, toxic glazes, energy sucking kilns, miles of bubble wrap and mountains of Styrofoam peanuts. To top it off, they would load it all into a one-ton, gas-guzzling truck and travel across the state and the country to different exhibits.

In the Summer of 2007, while watching a world wide broadcast of the "Live Earth" concert, they were inspired to change their ways. On that weekend they launched Reborn Glass: Artful reminders To Conserve. Through diligent trial and error they developed a process to create kiln-formed fused recycled bottle glass pieces. The kiln they use is a super energy efficient, computer-controlled fusing oven, not at all like the energy-sucking kilns of the past.

Quickly into the process, they realized that bottles only come in brown (earth), green (trees), blue (water) and clear (air). The relationship between those colors and our natural resources sparked even more inspiration for their projects.

"The challenge to make something of both beautiful form and useful function from bottles otherwise destined for the landfill is truly rewarding," says Vawn. collection

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