Though they make an attractive addition to a front lawn, garden sculptures also deter night thieves, who can easily mistake the statues for your pet gargoyle. Protect your place pleasantly with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of handblown glass and gifts for your garden or home at One Eared Cow Glass.
In the artistic environment of this historic Vista shop, glass artists metamorphose amorphous solids into a variety of sculptures, glassware, light fixtures, and small shapes. Fill soil beds or bunk beds with One Eared Cow's colorful pinwheel flowers, whose sturdy yet delicate petals detail the intricacies of gladioluses and gardenias (starting at $58). Hummingbirds buzzing busily between flowers can dip beaks and trade penny-stock tips at One Eared Cow's bright three-stem hummingbird feeder ($88) or its classic leaf-like hummingbird hanger ($68).
Meanwhile, One Eared Cow's small ring holders keep safe keepsakes, and paperweights and ornaments tame tree leaves to defy wind (starting at $24). Curious customers can catch owners Tom Lockart and Mark Woodham creating glass-blown masterpieces throughout the week, a skill they learned through 20 years in business as glass artists.
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- Along with traditional vases, bowls and paperweights, the artists create one-of-a-kind perfume bottles, sculptural pieces, and birdfeeders, even functional sinks and light fixtures. – 10Best
One Eared Cow Glass
With art degrees from the University of South Carolina, Tom Lockart and Mark Woodham teamed up to found One Eared Cow Glass, a glass-working studio and gallery. The duo started out in a rent-free Bishopville barn, according to Columbia Living, and named their enterprise after a carved wooden cow’s head that was nailed to the door. Much like Mike Tyson’s teddy bear, the cow had only one ear.
Today, at their studio location in downtown Columbia, Lockart and Woodham host live demos throughout the week. During these demos, the pair shape molten glass—which can heat up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit—into the translucent artwork that lines their gallery’s shelves. Their work ranges from vases to birdfeeders, though they specialize in indoor and outdoor light fixtures.