Votive, Vessel, Vase

Spread the Love

People often ask how we choose Grommets. Sometimes we’re enamored with an inventive, beautifully crafted product. Other times a founder’s story is so compelling we want to share it. Or, we’re inspired by a company’s philanthropy. Occasionally, a Grommet is all of the above, like glassybaby.

A glassybaby is a hand-blown glass vessel that can be used as a candleholder, vase or drinking goblet. They’re colorful and extremely strong, just like their creator Lee Rhodes. Back in 1998, as the first designs were made, Lee
was beginning a seven-year battle with lung cancer (which she fought and won while raising her three children). Lee placed tea lights in the goblets that a family member made for her, spread them around the house, and found they brought her comfort during a frightening, chaotic time. Lee started giving the hand-blown glass goblets as gifts, so others could experience the serenity, and glassybaby was launched.

Goodwill is a core part of Lee’s business. glassybaby has donated more than $300,000 to a wide range of nonprofit organizations, including charities that help cancer patients with everyday needs such as lodging, groceries and childcare. Seattle-area residents (like our friend Melinda Morbeck Lewison, who told us about glassybaby) have been avid supporters of glassybaby for many years, and we’re proud to help spread the word about these artful treasures. It’s not only the beautiful craftsmanship that makes glassybaby unique, but also the genuine spirit of love, hope and support that each glassybaby exudes. They’re truly special vessels.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Lee

    I am Lee Rhodes, the glassybaby founder. We are delighted to be on Daily Grommet sharing our product and story. glassybaby are deeply personal to me and to our fans. I look forward to reading your comments!

    We here at glassybaby are all about love, light and color. Enjoy!

  • Nicola
    1/29/2010 12:00 PM

    I am here to help you with your questions. I am a seasoned glassybaby color consultant. If you have any questions about glassybaby and our giving mission as a company, I can provide information. Anything that comes to mind...I am here to be helpful. I am your glassybaby docent.

  • Margaret S.
    Margaret S.
    1/29/2010 12:19 PM

    I really need a beautiful object with soul in my life

    right now...thanks.

  • DJP
    1/29/2010 12:24 PM

    These are beautiful. I just ordered. The tough part was deciding among all the beautiful colors. I'm impressed with all the money glassybaby has donated.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/29/2010 1:27 PM

    It's easy to see how these beautiful vessels have captured the hearts of Seattle.

  • Mark
    1/29/2010 1:54 PM

    Hey Ladies, I'm thinking of this for my wife for Valentine's Day, especially the Red Hot Love glasses. Do you think that will put her in the mood?????

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/29/2010 2:12 PM

    I think she will LOVE IT!!

  • Nicola
    1/29/2010 2:21 PM

    Ladies love glassybaby...we have great evocative names like ferrari red, red licorice and pretty. Their glow is magical and collectible.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    1/29/2010 3:18 PM

    Mark -- I think glassybabies would be the perfect Valentine's gift! I would be blown away if my husband bought me one of these sets. They are so much more valuable than flowers, since glassybabies will last forever. Hint, hint to my hubby: Set of 3 in Red.

  • Liz
    1/29/2010 3:47 PM

    These colors are delicious! So rich!

  • Jorrun
    1/29/2010 4:03 PM

    glassybaby grace well beyond the Seattle area. In our Missoula, Montana neighborhood, two of us (with Seattle ties) have dozens scattered through every room of our homes. And our other neighbors and friends are catching up with every gift-giving occasion. The glow is amazing- so warm, cozy, and soul-strengthening. In the summer I put a dozen on our balcony and they welcome my neighbors who come over to share a glass of wine. I take some to our Flathead Lake cabin; who could go a weekend without glassybaby?

    Buyer beware - one glassybaby doesn't do it. Three is a good start. The more glassybaby you have, the more you want (need?). They're fun to group by mood, by season, by name. One cannot have too many glassybaby. A Fan (obviously)

  • amy s
    amy s
    1/29/2010 5:15 PM

    This is a much more creative gift than a necklace or pair of earrings ... kind of like jewelry for your house. So, I'd say go for it Mark. Romantic and indulgent Valentine's gift.

  • Sheilagh
    1/29/2010 5:23 PM

    Hi Lee, Sorry to hear about your battle with lung cancer. What a wonderful story you shared! I think the power of the candle flame is really soothing during difficult times, but also very romantic during other times (Mark - go for it!!!). I often give candles to people when they have had some trauma in their lives to light to give them strength. I think these glassybabies are so beautiful!!

  • joe
    1/29/2010 6:31 PM

    Love this quote from your video: "Don't confuse these with mass produced votives" -- so true. This is why we love Daily Grommet. So much power and beauty in the passions and ideas of entrepreneurs. Thank you, Jules and Joanne.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/29/2010 9:01 PM

    I wanted to pull this excerpt of a description over from the glassybaby website. It was beautifully stated by Lee's 12 year old son:

    "glassybaby are useful in many ways. But their real use is lifting bad moods and loneliness. Their warm and colored light flickers like we do in everyday life. glassybaby serve as a metaphor to symbolize hope and are humble in spirit but not beauty. Whatever your mood, a glassybaby can keep your home inviting and full of spirit."

  • monica bernhard
    monica bernhard
    2/17/2010 1:08 AM

    My husband and I are here in Seattle for cancer treatment at UW and while waiting for appointments we went to Glassybaby. We bought the votive that donates to the amazing UW cancer nurses. It is now glowing in our hotel room, making our very difficult time just a bit nicer. thank you.....

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/17/2010 9:11 AM

    Monica, thanks for stopping by. We're sorry that you have to endure such a difficult journey and are wishing you a full recovery. Thanks for letting us know what your glassybaby votive means to you.

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