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Swelling Glass Cleans Polluted Water

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Sponge-like glass picks and chooses pollutants from water.

This is the discovery that could put the College of Wooster on the map: glass that swells like a sponge. Put together like a nano-matrix, the new glass can unfold to hold up to eight times its weight. The glass binds with gasoline and other pollutants containing volatile organic compounds but it does not bind with water, so it acts like a “smart” sponge, capable of picking and choosing from......read more

Stackable Living Eco Cube

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Easy, attractive air plant terrarium by Seattle's eGarden Studio $25.00

Low-maintenace air plants add a nice dose of nature to any space. Seattle-based Etsy seller eGarden Studio offers everything you need for a lovely air plant habitat with this Stackable Living Eco Cube. Designed to be scaled up by stacking cubes together, the little terrariums can be used as table centerpieces or displayed on a shelf or desk. Comes with one air plant, some black pebbles, preserved......read more

Glass Greenhouses

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Modern architecture for succulents and other plants $49.00

These house-shaped Glass Greenhouses, framed in powder-coated copper, capture condensation that helps succulents and other types of plants thrive. The glass top lifts off the base, so you can simply and quickly change the plantscape to suit your green thumb's desires. And when it gets mucked up, simply wipe it clean. The Glass Greenhouses are available in two sizes: Small (9"Sq x 18") and Large......read more

Cat Power, "I Found a Reason"

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Surf flick trailer features Chan Marshall covering Velvet Underground

Spotted this one the other day on Quality Peoples. It's the trailer for Glass Love, a 2006 surf movie directed by Andrew Kidman, featuring Cat Power doing her beautiful, plodding version of Velvet Underground's "I Found A Reason". Along with Cowboy Junkies' rendition of "Sweet Jane", it's surely one of the best VU covers of all time, and pairs perfectly with Kidman's mellow longboard......read more

EcoSphere

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Hand blown glass pod contains self-sustaining ecosystem $54.95

Okay, so Christmas just passed and giving gifts may not be the first thing on your mind. But this might be the greatest gift ever... provided that the recipient isn't a klutz. The EcoSphere is a hand blown glass pod that contains its own self-sustaining ecosystem populated by aquatic critters like marine shrimp, algae and micro-organisms. All you need to provide is indirect light and......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Glassphemy!

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Smashing bottles on the Gowanus Canal.

New York's Macro-Sea invades underused urban spaces and reenergizes them with creative projects and happenings. Like Glassphemy!, a 20x30-foot "visceral and psychological recycling center" erected in a pre-gentrified lot on the Gowanus Canal. In a violently fun take on recycling, participants were invited in the structure to smash empty beer bottles against the bulletproof glass. The shattered......read more

tranSglass

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Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden make very nice glassware.

OK, tranSglass may not be new, but it's still looking fresh. Originally designed in 1997 by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden, the elegant line of glassware was picked up in 2005 by Artecnica for its Design w/Conscience collection. The vases, candle holders, carafes, and tumblers are crafted in Guatemala City from recycled bottles, where skilled craftspeople cut and polish items by hand. One......read more

Recycled Glass Conical Tumblers Set Of 6

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From Hawkins New York $36.00

The elegant recycled glassware series from Hawkins New York was designed in collaboration with Moroccan artisans. Each piece in the handmade collection, including this set of six glasses, has a natural variation, recycled glass tint, and minor bubbling, making every piece in the collection one-of-a-kind. The Conical Tumblers are comprised of cylindrical shapes that taper toward the top of each......read more

Cabinets Of Curiosities From Steffan Dam

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Intricately Crafted Marine Life Specimens Suspended In Glass

Artist Steffan Dam produces fantastical and intricately-crafted specimens that look as though they exist in the real world. Suspended in glass jars and on plates, their forms mimic well-known creatures of the sea and budding plants. Although Dam’s work is based in imagination, his skills as a craftsman—including glass blowing, casting, and grinding—produce a hyperrealistic......read more

Human Collages Encased In Layers Of Glass

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From Our Good Friend Dustin Yellin

SHFT's second art pop up in New York several years ago featured an orange tree encased in resin and placed on a pedistal we made of a found tree trunk. His pieces of nature or simulated nature encased in resin were a unique and beautiful thing to behold. As all artists evolve and expand, Dustin has now moved on to the the human form. Psychogeographies, his newest exhibition commissioned by the......read more

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