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sunburst suncatchers

by Jim Loewer $35.00
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Bring a burst of brilliant color into your home with these splashy sunburst suncatchers. Artist Jim Loewer blows each one by hand from sturdy borosilicate glass, creating their flared form by spinning them. A loop at the top makes them easy to hang in a sunny window, or outside near your favorite garden seat. Handmade in Philadelphia, PA.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
21241
Made from
borosilicate glass
Measurements
6" Dia.
Notes
Hand wash with soap and water.
  • the maker
Jim Loewer

Jim Loewer

Jim Loewer is an artist by day and a law student by night. Raised in Columbia, SC he now resides in Philadelphia. His glass blowing is primarily self taught through a process of trial and error. He loves the relatively instant gratification that comes with blowing glass.

Loewer has an undergraduate degree in painting from the University of California and a teaching degree from the University of South Carolina. He taught school for 4 years before devoting himself full time to glass. He focuses on contemporary organic forms influenced by Japanese craft and the American studio glass movement. His studio is in North Philadelphia in the old Atlas building, which also houses various other artists and craftspeople. collection

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SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS
 
3.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (10)
  • Visible at A distance (6)
  • Easy to secure (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Porch (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (6), No (3)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Mother (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Mother’s day (3)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Two Muddy Christmas Gifts

By 

from New York via Dallas

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    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS:

        I bought two of these as Christmas gifts for two very important people. I put a lot of thought into the choice. I was aware that eack piece could have color variations and such. But I was simply heartbroken when I actually saw them. Both were the color of an old brown beer bottle. The swirls are barely even visable. I'd hardly call this a "variation". It's certainly not a gift fit to offer but it's too close to Christmas to fix this. I'm just stuck.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Mother's Day Suncatcher

        By 

        from Seattle, Wa

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Secure
        • Visible At A Distance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Back Yard
          • Garden
          • Porch

          Comments about SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS:

          She loved it. It is hanging out on her back porch and shows from both the porch and her bedroom. The colors that swirl through the glass are really stunning. I do worry a little about how durable the glass will be but it is pretty thick.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Mother
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Mother’s Day

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Beautiful!!

          By 

          from Belleville, IL

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design

          Cons

          • Difficult Set-up

          Best Uses

          • Porch

          Comments about SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS:

          Used suction cup to attach to large window.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Grandparent
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Mother’s Day

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Stunning, rich yellows and browns

          By 

          from Staten Island, NY

          About Me Midrange Shopper

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          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Eyecatching Color
          • Visible At A Distance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Kitchen Or Office Window

            Comments about SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS:

            Hanging in my office/ work space where I can look at it when I need to declutter my mind with something beautiful.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Self
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Birthday

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Really Enjoy This Suncatcher

            By 

            from Mineral Point WI

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Beautiful In Window
            • Easy To Secure
            • Visible At A Distance

            Cons

            • Wish It Were Larger

            Best Uses

            • Any Window

            Comments about SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS:

            I wish this were a little larger, but I really have enjoyed it. The sun does not shine thru it a lot, but it is just so beautiful hanging in the window and draws my attention to it. Would make a wonderful gift or just buy it for yourself. I think this would look good in any window, but we have it hanging in our kitchen window so we see it every day.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Self
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Other

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not as expected

            By 

            from Ottawa,Ontario, Canada

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Pros

            • Easy To Secure
            • Visible At A Distance

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS:

                Didn't look like the image on the site, much darker and kind of lop sided. I understand they are each unique but it looked more like a mistake then a finished product.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Quick shipping! Packaged very securely, very impressed.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Mother
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Mother’s Day

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pretty and thoughtful gift

                By 

                from Wilmington, NC

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Secure
                • Visible At A Distance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • window

                  Comments about SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS:

                  I got this for my mother who lives in WA State. As I live in NC and have all the sun I thought that she could catch her sun there when it came, in something pretty. She loves it and keeps it in her kitchen window. She actually doesn't have something like this, which is amazing since she has everything. I love this as a gift!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Mother
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Not quite as pictured...

                  By 

                  from Iowa

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS:

                        I ordered a multi-colored sunburt suncatcher as a Christmas present for my mother-in-law to hang in her kitchen window. I realize that each of these suncatchers is hand made, but the one I received was so lopsided and asymmetrical that it looked strange -- more like a beginning glassblower's mistake before he really figured out what he was doing than the work of a professional artist. So, unfortunately, I had to return it.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Other
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Christmas or Hanukkah

                        Comment on this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Beautiful addition to any window!

                        By 

                        from Philadelphia, PA

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS:

                            I love this unique suncatcher and how the look of the piece changes depending on the time of day and how the sun is hitting it. I plan to buy at least one more as a gift.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Comment on this review

                             
                            3.0

                            Pretty design. Wish it was brighter

                            By 

                            from San Jose, CA

                            About Me Midrange Shopper

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Secure

                            Cons

                            • Fades In Sunlight

                            Best Uses

                            • Back Yard
                            • Garden
                            • Porch

                            Comments about SUNBURST SUNCATCHERS:

                            Very pretty, but it didn't catch as much light as I expected.

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                            Q and A

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

                            232votes, 35 comments

                            Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                            Jim Loewer's suncatchers always brighten our day, so we were thrilled to see his latest creations. Would you add a burst of sunshine to your window?

                            angie
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            love them...the price IS a little high though...

                            Terri
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            I have a friend who is a glassblower and it's a lot of hard work. These are beautiful and worth every penny.

                            Susan
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            I like them but I don't like the colors.

                            Becky
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            I think the price is too high and would perfer colors like purple, pink or blue.

                            Kerry
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            These would look good hanging from an outside umbrella. I am not crazy about the all yellow one. It could use a splash of red or orange and then I would love it.

                            Linda
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            They are so unique,with beautiful colors

                            Lisa
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            They look like a mistake

                            Lori
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            I like the shape and colors, though would like to see more/different colors. The price is a bit high. Maybe $25-30?

                            Ann
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Unique, probably would buy for a gift.

                            Robyn

                            not sure i would pay more than 20 or 25 for them for that size but they are beautiful

                            Erick
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            You will be able to market more if you offer different color choices.

                            Alisa
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            As a suncatcher, they really need more vibrant color. However, the construction of borosilicate (think Pyrex) instead of regular glass does make them a bit stronger.

                            Jan

                            These really caught my eye. They are lovely and unique. How much?

                            Shannon
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            If the price is for both of them, then it's a great deal but if it's for one, it's too pricy. They are very pretty though!

                            Kaitlin
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Neat, but more color options and a lower price would make them more marketable.

                            Beth
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            $35 is a little pricey

                            kathy
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            priced a little high for the size

                            Pauline

                            Fun idea. Six inches seems a litt big. Yellow not a fav. color. Maybe offer smaller sizes at smaller prices.

                            Christy
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            So pretty!

                            Ellen
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            I like the idea, but they're not very attractive.

                            kristin
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Pretty but compared to the other items these seem quite weak given the estimated price

                            Ann
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Love the one with color not a yellow person it needs more color maybe a little red spun in

                            Kathy
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Just because things are high priced doesn't make them better or unique

                            Kat

                            Thank You

                            Sue
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Art in the window. I love them.

                            Bill
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            They do nothing for me

                            S
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            love the idea, just wish it was a little less money!

                            MZ
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Love the idea! But too expensive

                            Tiana
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            I actually like the colors, but more variety would be nice. When I think of the additional cost of shipping, the price seems a little high. I agree with Lori - maybe $25-$30?

                            Rita
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            Would also like to see brighter colors: reds, oranges, purples. The price is too high. Cute but I would not buy at $35.

                            Susan
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Gorgeous!

                            Jennifer
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            pretty but a little expensive

                            Ruth
                            Vote: Thumbs up!

                            Nice, but would like brighter colors

                            Jennifer
                            Vote: Thumbs down!

                            not that attractive

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