Our Czech Glass Garden blooms with more dazzling dahlias
Backyard gardens in Jablonec — where the majority of our Czech beads and buttons are made individually or in small batches by traditional artisans– are not orderly cages of color meted out in practiced and precise intervals. Maybe because the soil itself is likely to be dotted with colorful pieces of broken and discarded beads strung in the yard on sunny days by various folks over the last century or so — Czech gardens are full of color and surprise. Shanti has been echoing that fresh spirit within her choices for traditional Czech shapes like bells, leaves and daisies for several years. But last year she discovered a long-dormant mold for the coin-type bead now known as the Dahlia and it has quickly emerged as a blooming favorite by Nirvana Bead artists everywhere.
The response in orders and comments from our customers demanded more choices. The Dahlia is now clearly rooted in the new century, but the challenge to continue to build on the winning color and finish combinations escalates with each expansion. See our account of that it takes to bring a new design to market. Ten new colors arrived from Jablonec last week as dazzling as any backyard garden there.
Our artists own the molds and are likely to be producing Dahlias for others soon. We are proud to have helped them re-introduce the traditional design and build business with them in an economically challenged industry. Your response supports their continued work as well as ours. You asked us for more and we’re delighted to deliver.
We’re so pleased the latest, we’ve already asked Shanti for more.
Writer Judi Griggs designs and sells jewelry in Western New York in the summer and Texas in the winter.