“Similar to WaterFire, at the root of Gather Glass there is a passion for art, community, and of course fire.” – Benjamin Giguere, artist at Gather Glass
At WaterFire we proudly collaborate with local artists to create unique pieces for our store and spread our passion for art and culture. One of our partners is Providence glassblowing business Gather Glass, who became one of our vendors shortly after forming in 2010. There have been countless hours spent conceptualizing, designing, creating, packaging, and producing a variety of products from jewelry to glassware all inspired by the water and flames of WaterFire.
The artists at Gather Glass are very passionate about community, and WaterFire is an ideal setting for sharing their work on-site during the fires and connecting the audience with their process. They joined us by the river over six years ago to show the city the art of glassblowing and have been working alongside our store every lighting since.
“From the very first lighting we attended, we felt something very special was happening. Between the crackling of the river fires, the sound of the flame from our torch and the meditative music in the air, we began to seamlessly melt into the backdrop of a city transformed into an art scape. We immediately felt at home.”
“Each time you look into your glass pendant or earring, we hope you remember the smell of wood burning or feel the heat of the fires against your skin. It is these sensations that inspired our work; we hope they inspire you in the same way. We feel honored and inspired to be part of this evolving art event and look forward to all the creative possibilities that lie ahead.”
There are so many wonderful artists and organizations that share their love of WaterFire within their product line. We have selected two of these companies to begin new collaborations with this season. My Méz and ChemArt, two local Rhode Island companies, both of whom share the love of WaterFire and create fun and unique products. Together we are designing new WaterFire inspired products and we need the help of WaterFire’s fans in the design process!
Here is quick preview of these new items and some ideas.
It’s not just a table, it’s My Méz – “Practical art, not just for the walls!”
These stylish and functional pieces of art are produced and sold by local husband and wife team Samir Dhamija and Akanksha Aga. My Méz combines a beautiful full color photograph of WaterFire with a hand-made birch table. The photo is coated with a high-gloss finish making the table durable and attractive. If your space is limited and you’d like the piece to adorn your walls, My Méz table can be quickly and easily converted to become an attractive piece of art; ready to hang on any wall in your home. You can read more about My Méz and see other examples of their product on their website. Please contact us at [email protected] for information on different image and finish options.
ChemArt WaterFire Inspired Ornament
Lincoln, Rhode Island based ChemArt has been making unique handcrafted keepsakes since 1976 and are famous for their collection of White House themed ornaments. ChemArt’s ornaments are all designed and manufactured here in Rhode Island by an etching process in either plated silver or gold or even with a color overlay, the options are endless! This year’s WaterFire design team, Laura Duclos and Roger Williams University intern Becca Quigley, have been working closely with ChemArt’s design team to create a unique WaterFire themed keepsake ornament. The images above are some sketched ideas by Becca Quigley, that feature popular WaterFire scenes. What’s your favorite WaterFire element or scene?
Let us know what you think and if you’d be interested in purchasing these pieces. Thank you!