Have you ever seen these chunky, icy looking votives?
"Handblown glass has been produced in this part of Sweden for more than two and a half
centuries. The story of Orrefors begins with iron and the forest. As early as 1726, Lars Johan
Silversparre received permission to build a furnace and a smithy at "the beautiful river that
flows into Lake Orrenas". The iron works was given the name Orrefors, which means "the
Orre waterfall". Production at Orrefors did not become significant until the 1910s, when
Johan Ekman of Gothenburg, who had highly ambitious production plans and had realized
the importance of design, acquired the glassworks. A number of proficient glass artisans
were recruited. Ekman wanted to place production on a more artistic basis, and in 1916 he,
therefore, engaged the services of Simon Gate, the portrait and landscape painter.
The artist Edward Hald arrived in the following year. This laid the foundation for a vital
tradition of Orrefors, in the form of close cooperation between skilled glassblowers and
I started collecting their snowball votives many years ago. I love the way a small candle glows from within and brings fire to the ice.
I have found several of them over the years while thrifting, but you can buy them new in gift stores or on their website in the $20-30 range.
I've mixed the snowballs in with some mercury glass to really bring out the sparkle!
They make a nice wintery entrance in my front foyer.
For more information check out their website
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