This glass luminary features the dogwood flower. Here in Alabama, dogwoods are a sign that a Southern spring is on its way. These flowers are traditionally white, but can also be seen in pink, yellow, and red. Dogwood flowers are associated with sacrifice, regeneration, and enduring love. They were also considered a symbol of reliability and durability by the Victorians because the wood is very strong. So whether you need a little bit of strength or enduring love, this one-of-a-kind creation will continue to light up your life with flowers that never truly die.
More About the Dogwood
There are many legends around this flower. One legend associates the dogwood as being used in the crucifixion of Christ. Another, regards a Native American princess and her scorned lover. Before a story tying the Dogwood tree to the crucifixion was written, the Victorians associated the dogwood with discovering if there was mutual affection between two people. A bachelor would offer a sprig of the dogwood flower to the object of his affections. If a woman was interested, she would keep the flower, signaling her affection for him. If the flower was returned to the sender, the affection was not mutual. The flower was also a symbol of reliability and durability because the wood is very strong.
Over the centuries, the dogwood has had utilitarian applications. Early American settlers used dogwood bark slivers for detail cleaning of watches and lenses. The dogwood was also used to craft hammers, knitting needles, printer's block and other tools. Native Americans used the bark for arrows and took the blossoming of the flowers as an indication it was time to plant that year's crops.
This fused glass luminary is a unique, individually-crafted glass art creation, signed by the artist. It has been curved to allow illumination from behind with a window, candle or other light source. A one-of-a-kind glass botanical creation that will last forever.