As the weather turns warmer, and we look for ways to stay cool, sipping chilled drinks can do the trick. Ice is the usual cooling element, but if you don’t want to water down your drink we propose using frozen soapstone, paired with our handcrafted glass as an optimal way for tasting drinks, particularly bourbon.
With the popularity of our Ludlow collection, we thought the soapstone could take the place of the wood, and once we tested some samples of this new combination we were delighted to find the stone truly chilled the glass. Take it from the freezer, and it can cool your drink in about 8-10 minutes, and conversely, can be used for warming drinks as well.
Throughout New England, soapstone is a common material found on kitchen counter-tops, which are known for their durability, smooth touch, and low porosity. This ancient natural stone, is the result of volcanic geological formations from long ago. It’s most notable properties are that it can stay cold or hot for a long time. The material is very unique for its workable characteristics, and can be sculpted as the Inuit would, and also made it into a variety of functional designs. We named it Alpine after the northern ridges we have here in Vermont and New England.
Experience how this unique stone can chill your drink as it cradles the glass.
Whiskey Glass / Whiskey Glass Set / Wine Chiller
See the feature in the New York Times: here
Shake 1 1/2 oz Barr Hill Gin, 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur, and 1 1/2 oz Blood Orange Juice with ice.
Strain into Stratton martini.
Top with 2 – 3 oz Sparkling wine.
Garnish with Blood Orange quarter wheel.
Add 2 oz Barr Hill gin, ½ oz lime juice, 3 oz grapefruit juice, and ¼ tsp honey to shaker and shake well.
Serve up in Ascutney Martini glass.
Garnish with thyme sprig.
2oz Barr Hill Gin, Tonic Water (to taste), optional garnishes include: lemon, lime, fresh herbs, cucumber or berries
Fill a Woodstock Balloon Wine Glass with crushed ice.
Add gin and as much tonic water as you like.
Top with a classic wheel or wedge of lime – or get creative with your garnish of choice.
Shake 1.5 oz Barr Hill Gin, ¾ oz Lemon Juice, and ½ oz Honey Syrup together in shaker with ice.
Strain into Hampton Coupe.
Garnish with a lemon half wheel.
Practice makes perfect imperfection on the path to mastery. A side benefit of educating a new generation of artisans? Seeing and feeling the vibrant authenticity of their initial creations. Each unique apprentice piece illustrates the meaning of “handmade” with a wabi-sabi aesthetic that brings the energy and passion to your table.
Simon Pearce glass blowers train for years, much of the time, working in tandem with another glass blower to perfect their craft. Along the way, however, each glassblower spends time alone, creating what we call “Apprentice Glass”. An apprentice glass (or bowl, or vase) is created from a singular gather of molten glass from the furnace, and is shaped in its entirety from this one gather. This allows the glassblower to develop their proficiencies in elements of glassblowing such as gathering, blowing, transferring from one pipe to another (with the aid of a stand), shaping and opening the glass. Working swiftly, each piece takes 8-9 min, and in a day, the glassblower will complete up to fifty glasses.
Another element of the apprentice glassware is its simplicity of design. Only general specifications are followed, and without a partner, the glassblower can not add design details such as a foot, rolled rim, or texture, to the glass. As you can see from the above photos, blowing a simple drinking vessel out of glass, is at once, a race against time and an exercise in precision. The end result is perfect imperfection. Each vessel has its own character, and yet they hang nicely together as a group. The Apprentice Collection has become one of our customers’ favorites, as they choose the shapes they like from a group on display.
Pour 1 oz Barr Hill “Tom Cat” Barrel Aged Gin, 1 oz Bitter, 1 oz Sweet Vermouth, and 4 drops Aged Balsamic vinegar into a mixing glass with ice.
Strain into Waterbury Tumbler.
Garnish with a large orange zest.
“When I started making glass, my intention was to make pleasing, simple glasses for everyday use. The designs would be timeless and hold up to constant use.”
– Simon Pearce, Design for Living
PURE Anemone Vase
With free-flowing design elements, the Anemone is a statement-making centerpiece and a show-stopping gift.
Inspired by glass buoys floating off the shores of the Pearce family home in Eleuthera, Simon’s globe-and-stem design is a signature silhouette handmade by a duo of master glassblowers working in tandem.
Silver Lake Candle Vessels
With a shared passion for handcrafted products for the home, Simon teamed up with Linnea’s Lights to create clean-burning soy wax candles, hand-poured into this custom textured glass vessel.
Colbalt Crystalline Teardrop Vase
Paging through a beloved pottery book inspired our artisans to revive a historical labor-intensive glazing technique that comes to life anew in each crystallized ceramic design.
Our glass and dinnerware share the table with a lively floral print and flatware that is elegant and artful. These are some of the ways we bring new and unique styling options forward each season.
This Spring our “go to” table linen fabric, 100% linen, sets the stage. Whether they are used pressed or left as is for their stonewashed beauty, the brilliantly colored runner and napkins set a luxurious backdrop for our crisp Cavendish dinnerware. The possibilities are endless, with four plate sizes, three bowls and two mug sizes to choose from. It takes on a new personality when set with the show stopping Vivianna flatware by Georg Jensen. Designed mid-century, by Swedish jewelry designer Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe, the flatware adorns the table much like a piece of jewelry, adding a captivating element with its beautiful curves.
Pairing well with the Vivianna flatware, is our Hampton stemware. It is the most delicate of our hand blown stemware, and includes the newly launched Stemless Wine Tumbler (its end use versatile), shown here alongside the Red Wine Glass. Hampton’s design is classic, yet what sets it apart is its thin, fire polished opening, sure to enhance the wine tasting experience.
Cast a final spell of Spring over the table with stems of the airy Jasmine plant or a row of Simon Pearce bud vases. Either will lure your guests closer to the new season.
An eye-catching beacon in our retail locations, by popular demand, Simon Pearce now offers the Vine Chandelier for the home.
Design of the chandelier was inspired by clusters of grapes growing from vines in the South of France.
Head of Design & Product Development James Murray collaborated with Hubbardton Forge to create the now-iconic chandelier silhouette that lights the Simon Pearce Bar at
Quechee and our Portland location.
In partnership with the Modern American Blacksmiths of nearby Hubbardton Forge,
this handcrafted light fixture is designed to illuminate your dining table, kitchen island
or entryway in beautiful hand-forged metal and handblown glass.
Each glass globe is handcrafted by our master glassblowers, thus creating a truly unique and one-of-a-kind piece.
Edit: You can buy it here.