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The Rowan Tree

November 26, 2019

Our winter design celebrates the luscious red fruits of the Rowan Tree.

Bane of witches, diviner of the future and source of jam, rowan is an elegant tree with a mystical history. Its leaves and delightfully red berries are a favourite for rural and urban wildlife alike.

Hand blown, hand engraved glass, in a warm opaque red with a transparent red lip wrap, signed dated and numbered., we will be launching our new design next week. Please join our mailing list and be amongst the first to know.

 

The Cornflower Bowl

October 3, 2019

Many thanks to everyone who has recently ordered a cornflower bowl. Our third limited edition design of 2019 is now sold out in the small size with only a few remaining in the large size.

Please join our mailing list to be the first to see new designs.

We are now working our way through making each of the bowls.

 

Hellebore Bowl

March 14, 2019

The ‘winter rose’ is a member of the buttercup family. This year our studio garden has given us a wonderful show of hellebore, with a bright display of the glorious crowns of these elegant flowers. At a time when so few plants are daring to shine, hellebore provides a reliable source of joy as a prelude to spring.

For millennia our ancestors crafted cures for madness and depression using hellebore, though it also gained notoriety as a poison, being implicated in the assassination of Alexander the Great.

Combining an evergreen foliage with a myriad of colours atop a tall stem, this brave circle of beautiful flowers is a welcome sight in the warm March sunshine.

 

Hellebore

February 28, 2019

This year our studio garden has given us a wonderful show of hellebore, with a bright display of the glorious crowns of these elegant flowers.

At a time when so few plants are daring to shine, hellebore provides a reliable source of joy as a prelude to spring.

Sloe Berry Bowl

November 28, 2018

The Sloe Berry bowl will be our final limited edition design of 2018. A cool purple glass bowl that celebrates the deep purple pearls of the Blackthorn tree. It’s been a fantastic year for these fruits, (the ancestor of all our cultivated plums) and which are surprisingly, incredibly sweet (for a Sloe) which should make a great Sloe Gin. We’ve got both Sloe and Elderberry Gin on the go and are really looking forward to Christmas.

Some people may remember many years ago, we made a hand cut sloe bowl in grey glass, this year we are very happy to revisit this beautiful winter bounty with our new technologies enabling us to capture the essence of this abundant plant. Like most rural areas Rosedale has many, many blackthorn hedges, and this year, they are laden with purple pearls.

There have already been quite a few pre orders for this design, and we are planning to launch the bowl through our mailing list later this week. Please drop us an email or give us a call if you’d like to pre order a bowl.

Bramble

October 2, 2018

We just love blackberries and it’s been a good year for these hedgerow gems.

Our third limited edition of 2018 captures the dramatic dark purple colour of this member of the rose family, with a lip wrap emphasising their deep green leaves.

Over 300 species of this dynamic plant sprawl across the land, creating cathedrals of thorny arches, providing a haven for many small mammals and birds.

Folklore suggests passing through the arch of a bramble would cure many ailments, as do tinctures and teas of its leaves, berries and roots. Still, the gathering of hedgerow brambles in the autumn is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, as is savouring the wine, jam and desserts that follow.

You can order one of our new bowls here

Fox Glove

August 3, 2018

Our second seasonal design for 2018 is a subtle milky pink bowl with a transparent pink lip wrap.

This bowl is a study of the wild flower, Fox Glove and the abundant ‘stands’ of flowers that have filled the hedgerows of Rosedale.

Each hand blown and engraved bowl is signed, dated and numbered and available to order online here or in person directly from our Rosedale studio.

Catkins of the Alder Tree

April 30, 2018

Our first design of 2018 is now available to order here

Our first design of 2018 is an intense golden yellow with a transparent bright green lip wrap, a small celebration of spring’s colours.

Not only do we find the catkins beautiful when covering a tree with colour long before the leaves uncurl, the Alder trees also have a special significance for glassmakers.

When we make glass, we use Alder wood for our blocks to shape and cool the molten glass as this wood is especially good at absorbing water.
Alder does not rot when wet and for that reason most of Venice is built on Alder piles.

You maybe unaware, that when visiting Rosedale you will travel along Alder Carr Lane.
A ‘Carr’ is the old name for an Alder Woods, which were thought to have mysterious, magical atmospheres.

Rosedale has an abundance of Alder trees on the banks of our two rivers.

The Alder Catkins fill the trees with colour and springs promise long before any leaves uncurl. (The pollen has long been used as a dye for clothes, even for the fairy folk)

For all of us this year spring is much later…. the Alder Catkins are particularly late to reveal their splendour and as I type Rosedale’s Alder trees are only just coming into bloom.

We hope the design of this new bowl brings a little early spring into your home.

Our new limited edition of 100 bowls is the first of 2018.

Hand blown, hand engraved glass, signed dated and numbered