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Incredible choices

While copper wired vases and pale clay pots charm with different flavours, an ingenious `designer' fountain made up of tiny terracotta spouted pots is a major attraction at the exhibition.

Beautiful blown glass, crystalware, decorative homeware in glass and porcelain as well as an imaginative collection of terracotta define the Mily Australia collection currently on view at Vimonisha Art Gallery, Khader Nawaz Khan Road.

For lovers of hand blown, handcrafted glass, the exhibition offers incredible choices. Creative freedom and amazing colours come together in a range of vases, bowls, platters, bird and animal forms. If deep blue and aquamarine green fading into softest pinks are the colours of the Great Barrier Reef, the blown glass in contemporary shapes bathed in these colours delight with their artistry. The range of glassware in sea colours is riveting in both concept and colour as are the great capsicum coloured bowls splashed in glorious reds and greens. Probably fired and shaped several times, the blown glass shapes range from circular to fluted to futuristic and avant garde. Most of the glass pieces are collectors' items. The glass range also includes mouth blown antique looking glasses, which gives them a lovely copper finish as well as funky flower adorned pieces, prettiest of birds and so on. And for those who cannot have enough of Belgian crystalware, Mily Australia offers an exquisite range of crystal made exclusively for Australia.



There are other Australian attractions as well! Ceramic pieces from Victoria and terracotta bowls, fountains and urns convey the spirit of superior workmanship as well as that of the great outdoors! While copper wired vases and pale clay pots charm with different craft flavours, the beautifully finished teracotta urns and pots favour the universally favoured Mexican-Indian flavour. An ingenious `designer' fountain made up of tiny terracotta spouted pots through which water flows in graceful arcs is a major attraction at Vimonisha. Polished surfaces, grooved lines and tribal — abstract etchings distinguish the terracotta collection.

Corporate gifts which include miniature crystal golf sticks and paper weights, candles and exotically shaped birds, loveliest of designer chrome photo frames ... . Mily Australia has them all. And some more. The exhibition ends today.

PUSHPA CHARI

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