Johnson Center ornament on sale

Published 6:52 am Friday, November 26, 2010

The Johnson Center for the Arts’ 2010 limited edition Christmas ornaments are now available but the supply is limited.

The ornament is hand blown glass designed by well-known artist Cal Breed of Orbix Hot Glass of Fort Payne.

“This one-of-a-kind ornament is about four and a half inches in diameter,” said Richard Metzger, Johnson Center executive director. “It’s colorful, solid, liquid and transparent at the same time. It is dressed with a red ribbon with the words ‘Johnson Center for the Arts 2010.’ Although it is the Johnson Center’s Christmas ornament, it can be displayed as an art piece throughout the year.”

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The ornaments are $25 each and many be purchased at the Johnson Center for the Arts at 300 East Walnut Street or reserved by calling 334-670-2287.

“The ornaments make wonderful Christmas gifts and no two are alike so you can give the same but different gift to those on your shopping list,” Metzger said. “Cal Breed is an fantastic glass artist and these will be treasured gifts.”

Breed leads a team of glassblowers that handcraft each piece with great attention given to form, balance and color. “The goal of Orbix Hot Glass is to make excellent work that individuals would invite into their lives,” Metzger said.

The name “Orbix” was derived the skill of the gaffer who must always keep the pipe turning or orbiting, otherwise the piece won’t get made the way it was intended.

“Orbix Hot Glass is a family-run glassblowing studio and gallery located atop Lookout Mountain,” Metzger said. “The Johnson Center is proud to add Cal Breed’s work to our Christmas collection.