The Good Fortune Tray: Each Piece Has a History

 

Due to the pandemic shutting down many thrift and antique shops, my search for vintage objects to house and frame my stained glass mosaics was diverted to Ebay. This time, I was looking for vintage brass trays that had the markings of a past life, a history: dents, scratches, tarnish and there marks.

On Ebay, I found an oval brass tray, made in Hong Kong, that had true signs of use. It was deeply tarnished and scratched.

Cleaning the tray was a combination of elbow grease, baking powder and vinegar, a messy but effective cleaning solution. It worked. I wanted the flat base to be clean and function as a mirror; but, also, wanted to leave some of the patina on the rim, acknowledging its’ past history.

In the center of the tray, there is set of Chinese characters which I did not have a clue as to their meaning. I was saved by several people who follow me on Instagram, who graciously informed me that the characters mean Good Fortune.

After, the cleaning of the Good Fortune tray, I began to play with designs and stained glass.

The Good Fortune tray is an integral part of this stained glass mosaic. It is a contemporary piece of art yet retains its’ past history.

Old and New: Each Piece Has a History.

I completed this stained glass mosaic several months ago. It is an example of how a rim of a bowel or plate can compliment the art. The mosaic is set in an elegant, 42 year-old, serving bowel, made by Fitz and Floyd. The sand colored rim with the fine blue trim frames the mosaic and becomes part of the art. The rim is in good condition, but has some marks owing to age and usage. The age and use over the years adds to the patina, making the mosaic more unique.

Selection of the Glass, Deciding on a Palette.

Below are several views of the F & F Serving Bowel, although old, showing some use, the bowel has an elegant rim, framing and enhancing the mosaic.

Painterly, Not With Paint, But With Glass.

Stained glass is a painter’s medium, colored and translucent. The glass plays with the light from dawn to dusk. It is always changing, responding to different conditions, from bright sunshine to rain clouds. It is a natural painter’s medium, a dance of light, glass and color.

Bright  Afternoon Sun, Pouring Through the Glass.

Dusk, Evening with the Sun Setting.

Capturing and Playing with Light on a Rainy Day.

Early Morning Light in the Studio.