Fun and Functional Glass Decanters Double as Animal Sculptures | My Modern Met

By Margherita Cole on May 16, 2022

These glass decanters put the “fun” in functional.

Glass decanters are beautiful objects that add presentation style to wine, alcohol, and other liquids. American artist Charlie Matz adds his own twist to these classic serving jugs by creating decanters with exquisite sculptural elements inspired by animals. Fish, crabs, jellyfish, and more adorn the tops of these exquisite pieces, transforming them into fine art.

Matz currently works at the Chicago-based glass studio Ignite Glass. “The focus of my creative work is the result of years of practice in scientific and artistic glassmaking,” Matz explains to My Modern Met. “I work with function in mind; a beautiful object representative of nature is nice to look at but what really elevates this work is the fact that it is useful.” While all of the artist’s works can be appreciated as decorative pieces, they also function beautifully as decanters for alcohol and other beverages. […]

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