Fun Ways to Use the Fused Glass Christmas Plates


FINALLY…(drum roll please) the 2016 Limited Edition Christmas Collection by Mary Sherwood Art Glass!  I have been working on this for several months along with all the other new pieces.  There will only be a limited number produced of these-so stake your claim early!  Read down to the end to find out how you can enter to win a piece of this collection.

In other posts I mentioned how glass becomes molten with some expansion and contraction during the firing process.  Most kiln-formed glass pieces are fired at least twice.  Once to fuse and the second time to “slump” it into a shape.  In these multiple firings occasionally “misfires” occur.  Sooo…after hours of work designing, selecting the glass and assembling my first Christmas plate had a little accident coming out of the kiln.  It is sometimes hard to justify the reason for the cracking.  Adjusting some of the settings to kiln is usually the first step.  With five small trees laid on top of the white platter it was very time consuming to make. Here is the first “not so perfect” Christmas plate design. 🙁


Back to the design board to simplify the process and create a new serving piece.  Keeping the small tree concept I used clear glass embellished  with the tree design so it could be used in many different settings.  So here is the collection of three pieces for Christmas 2016.   It includes a 10″ dinner or serving plate, a small 5″ appetizer plate and, of course, a Christmas tree ornament.



Now for some fun ways to use the plates.  Because the background is clear glass any color from the Christmas tree can be used as a placemat.  Each one looks so different!  Red for a traditional style.  White for an elegant style.  Turquoise for a causal, fun look.  Take your pick!  In the white vignette, the Christmas tree ornament works great as the napkin ring.




This 5″ small plate can be used in so many different ways.  Here it is shown on top of a white bread plate.  Great for layering plates at the table.  Appetizers or tapas are perfect for this plate.


Love the small appetizer plate on top of the 12″ swirl charger.  So many ways to use this piece!


Here is the large 10″ square plate used with a 16″ white charger.  Envision your table set with an assortment of the tree collection!


Let’s not forget to turn the tree ornament into a napkin ring.  Love multifunctional pieces!


What do you think?  Which piece is your favorite?  How many do you want?  There is a limited supply!

Here is the good news!  You can win a piece of this collection by going to Mary Sherwood Art Glass Facebook page to enter.  Follow the rules, share with your friends and hope you are the lucky winner!

WOW-I am worn out just talking about all of this!  It is so exciting to share with you my excitement about these new pieces.

Enter to win and place your orders!

Love to all!


Mary Sherwood Lifestyles

Mary Sherwood Art Glass


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  1. Mary says:

    Hi Kathy: Not sure if I have mastered it yet but I am learning daily. Glad you like the collection.

  2. Mary says:

    Hi Cindy: Glad you like the Christmas collection. The prices and ordering information can be found here. https://marysherwoodartglass.com/
    They are all sold individually.
    Let me know if you need more information.
    I only plan to do a limited number of these pieces so order early
    Thanks so much!

  3. Hi Mary,
    Sorry your five tree fused glass piece broke…it was really cute! Love your new holiday pieces and ideas. I enjoy keeping up with Paul and your activities through your emails. Miss seeing both of you at the lake.

  4. Cindy Vaughan says:

    I love the Christmas design. The plates are awesome with the ornament as a napkin ring. How much is a set? I would love to win any or all of the pieces!!!!
    right down my alley.

  5. Kathy Casey says:

    Wow Mary- You have really mastered the fused glass art! The pieces you have made are really lovely.

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