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St. Petersburg designer creates artistic dinnerware from used bottles


Waste free art: broken glass is made into designer plates and dishes


Svetlana Cheremisina is making a picture of the globe from small pieces of broken bottles. This will be a decorative panel. But before all the fragments are put into place, the artist has to find the right combination of them.

Svetlana Cheremisina says, the pieces should be slightly arched so you could glue it on a flat surface.

The two hemispheres is her most recent work that she made for an art festival. It took her several weeks of hard work and almost a hundred of bottles. What is garbage for some, is art for others. And it is waste free.
Svetlana says, she keeps several boxes with bottle necks and bottoms, and she never throws away broken glasses.

Svetlana also tried to use art glass. A square metre of this material costs about 5 thousand rubles. Bottles cost nothing, and the artist never runs short of them, although she herself does not drink alcohol. St. Petersburg bars supply her with empty bottles.

Masters find some bottles even more valuable than special art glass as their colour shade can be quite unique and rare. There are plenty of brown glass bottles, while only one bottle in three hundred is blue.
Also, bottle glass is not easy to process, you cannot blend glass from different bottles, but have to bake every bottle separately.

Svetlana makes dishes, plates, glasses and lampshades from used bottles decorating them with elements made of special art glass.

It takes almost a week to bake one object.

Now Svetlana is working to organize mass production from all types of glass to get more time for creative work. Most likely, it will have to do with waste recycling. This is her contribution to making this world as green as her largest piece of art.