Gartner-Blade is the collaborative work of Danielle Blade and Stephen Gartner. Business partners since 1996, the two artists combine their ideas, techniques and experiences to create original works in both blown and sculpted hot glass. They are continually developing a series of pieces that explores their interpretation of objects used in rituals and worship. The inspiration for their collection began with a mutual fascination with the many vessels and sculptural objects that are revered in the rituals of both primitive and contemporary cultures. Natural elements such as bone, wood, vine and rock formations combine with a highly original color palette to inform a series of signature pieces. Gartner-Blade's work merges traditional hand-blown glass techniques with innovative color applications and original sculpting techniques.