A while back, I started collecting wine corks when I saw a giant glass jug of them while visiting a friend in Virginia. This family had been collecting them from their Shabbat dinner table each week for years. They had filled an entire jug and were on their way to filling a second one. I instantly fell in love with the idea of creating a simple conversation-starter with an item that came free with every bottle of wine that we opened. It has now become part of our weekly Shabbat ritual. If we’re eating at home, we open the bottle of wine for Kiddush and slip the cork into the glass vase. If we’re at a friend’s house, we’ll politely request that we keep the cork, if they weren’t already going to. I’ve got friends from all across the city collecting wine corks for me (got some? want to send them to me?).
Visiting the Simon Pierce glass blowing studio (and gift shop and restaurant) this past week, I’m wondering how I can recreate this piece on a smaller budget. In their shop, they showed a few different examples of inserts - corks (which obviously immediately caught my eye), three balls of yarn with knitting needles, and a scene with rocks and bamboo.