The Curious History of the Bulb Vase
Welcome... to "Glasses in Bloom"
The web site is owned by Patricia Coccoris, a researcher and author living in Haarlem, Holland, the historical home of bulbs. Patricia's book, The Curious History of the Bulb Vase (ISBN: 9780956809612), examines the history of 300 years of bulb vases.
Patricia on TV!
20th December 2015: Documentary at the Arboretum Kalmthout, Plant Day
Just prior to the exhibition at the Arboretum Kalmthout 'Plant Day' on the 19th April, a documentary was recorded by the Belgian TV station, RTBF, and transmitted on 20th December 2015. Patricia and the curator, Abraham Rammeloo, both talk of their experiences working with the vases and bulbs. Click the title or photo to follow link.
Talk on George Piercy Tye
21st November 2015: University of Birmingham
Patricia gave a very well-received talk at the University of Birmingham's History Day, on the life of George Piercy Tye, a Birmingham entrepreneur, who developed an iconically shaped hyacinth bulb vase.
The talk was a surprise to the audience (which numbered about 100), and quite different to the usual talk on historical subjects!
Exhibition of Bulb Vases
June until 1st October 2015: Broadfield House Museum
A number of Patricia's vases were exhibited at the Broadfield House Glass Museum, in Kingswinsford, Stourbridge from 1st June until 1st October 2015. Broadfield House is being re-sited to new premises sometime in 2016.
Entrance to the museum is free and a visit is an absolute must for any glass collector. Click here for more details.
Published in March 2012 by Cortex Design and available now.
Price is £38 or €45, plus postage and packing.
UK: Please visit the Cortex Design web site for delivery to UK or anywhere not mentioned below.
USA/Canada: We are pleased to announce our new distributors, Jeffrey S Evans & Associates.
Please e-mail Cortex Design for orders outside Europe.
The thing is...
There is a lot more to bulbs than planting them in the ground. Forcing the growth of virtually any bulb on water is something of an art form that is explained fully in Patricia's book.
Many surprises will be revealed here on this website, and even more are reserved for the book, of course!
The amount of bulbs that can be forced on water is amazing: hyacinth, muscari, tulips, crocus, daffodils, amaryllis, snowdrops, leucojum, iris, scilla, allium, and even acorns, radishes,avocado and sweet potatoes have all been grown successfully on glass and can give many days of pleasure.