Glass provides a resting place for wine, eveningwear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with this Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of blown-glass art and gifts at 1020 Glass Art.
Founded as a seasonal gift depot in 2006, 1020 Glass Art's creative congress of crafters, consultants, and loyal Lone Star folk have slowly built the business into an artisanal empire. Using traditional techniques for blowing, folding, molding, and cutting glass, blowers from all over the world shape 1020's molten proto-art into beautiful and practical forms, such as the 8-inch millefiori green oval vase, an egg-shaped vessel for a bouquet of flowers ($34.95). Other selections include a hand-blown blue-green swan figurine ($16.95), which provides an alternative to training actual swans to "sit" and "stay" on the dining-room table. Show some team spirit at a weekly wine, cheese, and football party with a Texas Longhorn wine stopper ($38.95), or peruse the wide selection of plates and bowls. 1020 offers free shipping on all orders over $100 in the United States, simplifying souvenir purchases and treating vase-borne genies to a cross-country vacation.
1020 Glass Art and Decor
1020 Glass Art and Decor takes its name from its mission to provide exquisite artwork to everyday people by often pricing its handmade glass creations between $10 and $20. Behind the downtown Austin’s space-age art-deco storefront, their sales team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable designers and art experts as they amass a collection of more than 5,000 glass vases, drink sets, bowls, figurines, and chandeliers. As a locally-owned business, 1020 takes pride in its community and boosts the city’s culture scene by employing 10 highly trained in-house art consultants. They also give back through charitable functions and support of area nonprofits, such as Project Transitions’s hospice and housing care for HIV and AIDS patients. The designers even show their love for their home state through their inventory, with a number of Texas-themed pieces available for purchase, such as a majestic longhorn steer, a golden-horn wine stopper, or a miniaturized Lyle Lovett imprisoned in a crystal paperweight.