Petra Jordan

 


Original Petra sand art in our hand made glass.

 

 

 

Sand gallery senior artists at work!

 

 

 

From the magical city of Petra Jordan and its multi-colored sand mountains,

 the original inspiration was born:  Bottles with multi-colored sand from the Petra mountains for the city visitor to take home, sometimes with geometrical decorations and mostly layers of different colors.   No one recalls precisely who started the whole thing or when, the only thing we know for sure is that it was born in Petra, inspired by its multicolored sand rocks in the 1920's or earlier.

 

In the late 1940's, the camel was born, and bottles from that era show its first basic shapes, the oldest bottle I came across was from the year 1922.  A tourist came across it in Aqaba, Jordan.  From there it found its way to Essex, England.

In the year 1994, we where introduced to this craft  while visiting Petra, and though it came a long way from where it started, it still wasn't mature enough to stand as an art.

 

Our first contribution that year was giving the idea a grander prospect and presentation, introducing handmade bottles as containers to replace the old recycled jars, making it at once more original, indigenous to the region and artistically appealing.  It was a good first step, which went very well, and up to this day, we still make and sell our handmade glass to sand artists in Jordan and around the world.

Since that date, we also developed the sand art skill to determine what can be draw using colored sand, from basic layers to almost anything, new colours, new tools were introduced to the sand artist.

 

Funnels simply replace brushes and bottles replace canvas.  The sky’s the limit on what you can draw once you learn how to do it.

In our travels around the world introducing this art, we were continuously challenged.  Moving sand art out of its homeland means intuitively that it has to adapt to new environs.  A camel would look silly in Switzerland, but a reindeer would blend nicely so the rain dear was born in Switzerland.  The dolphin and the palm tree were born in Devon, England.

 

In Italy, customers were more challenging … they wanted to see a Picasso in sand art.  This opened the door more widely on what we could strive to achieve:  almost anything!