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Forgive me, but I am bowled over by Artel‘s new Sakura collection. The Prague-based company‘s crystal pieces are all works of art (their Verdure highball glasses also make my heart flutter), but the Sakura bowl is next level. The 3D effect of the blossoms is the result of a careful seven-step process.
sakura bowlThe bowls are mouth-blown, then cased in another layer of crystal which is sandblasted away, leaving only the branches and blossoms behind. Then they’re acid-etched for a pearlized luster, and the flowers are hand-engraved. Finally, the petals are hand-painted and hand-gilded for a life-like finish. This festival of cherry blossoms is so lovely, I think it’d even make Washington, D.C., a little jealous. After all, their festival only lasts two weeks a year — but this bowl can last a lifetime.

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  1. Anna@HGTV says:

    I must get one for my aunt and uncle who live in DC…and who enjoy a view of a street lined with cherry trees from the front bay windows of their house.

  2. Marianne@HGTV says:

    So lovely–this would be the perfect antidote to my winter blues come February.

  3. Lilly Taylor says:

    As soon as I saw this I stopped immediately. I love the cherry blossoms and the sandblasting effect. In Australia right now it is the first day of spring (September 1) and there are cherry blossoms everywhere! (in Sydney – if you don't believe me check out my blog – houseofdesignlove.blogspot) I'm going to feature this beautiful bowl!!! love it!

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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