Recycled Glass that Rocks!

Lightcatchers for the garden

Do you like to make things?  Are you on the lookout for interesting garden art? Do you use salvaged materials?  If so, you ought to know about Bedrock Industries inSeattle.

Always worth the ferry trip, a visit to Bedrock stirs the imagination.  I went with two friends in September to get ideas for a mosaic project. And what ideas we all came away with!  I bought chunks of a broken iridescent glass countertop to use amongst pavers, one friend bought glass to make stepping stones and we all came away with some sort of impulse buy.  Displayed cleverly was everything from glass sold by the pound, colorful as candy to container plantings and handmade pendant lights resembling luminescent jelly fish.    

Bedrock collects salvaged stone, rock, glass and tile; selling some of it as is, and turning much of the glass into sophisticated household tile, serveware, sea glass and ground glass in varying textures.  The portfolio of kitchen and other home tile installations is pretty impressive.  On a sunny day, the collection of glass mobiles and light catchers effectively glow.  The unique fountains, votives and mosaics are super inventive—they have some very creative minds working there.

Besides selling inspiring re-used and recycled materials, Bedrock also holds a nice selection of mosaic classes—The Bedrock Academy of Mosaics, it’s called.  If you haven’t been there, you should check it out.

 © Colleen Miko, 2011

About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.
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