Hyacinth on Richmond vase



Patricia Coccoris, author of The Curious History of the Bulb Vase


Talk on the life George Piercy Tye at Birmingham University, 21 Nov.

Exhibition of Bulb Vases at Broadfield House, until August at least.

Article by Patricia in De Oude Flesch, 1st Quarter 2014.

De Oude Flesch

Download!: Entire article from De Tuin in vier seizoenen, Winter 2013.

De Tuin magazine, Winter 2013

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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

patricia Coccoris on TV - © RTBF

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.

University of BirminghamTalk 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!

University of Birmingham


Exhibition of Bulb Vases
June until 1st October 2015: Broadfield House Museum

Broadfield House Glass MuseumA 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.


The Curious History of the Bulb VaseBuy the book

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.

Belgium: New stockists at Arboretum Kalmthout.

USA/Canada: We are pleased to announce our new distributors, Jeffrey S Evans & Associates.

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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!

What Bulbs?

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.