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Jun 13, 2018

Unity in Glass

I first met Lee Ware at the 2012 Lubbock Bridal Showcase. Having just moved back to Lubbock, I was one of countless photographers vying for a booking from the hundreds of brides bustling around the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Poking my head through the back curtain of my booth, I saw something I had never seen before at a bridal show. This colorful swirling art piece sat neatly arranged on tables and shelves as Lee put the final touches on his booth. As you can imagine, my curiosity got the best of me, and I made my way over to learn more.

Lee created a new twist on an old tradition; the mixing of sand is a ceremony often included in weddings. Traditionally, couples mix sand during the ceremony to symbolize their unity; Lee switches the sand for glass pellets, and couples create Unity in Glass. For each piece, Lee discusses with the couple which colors he should prepare for the ceremony. Once they are mixed together at the wedding, the glass is returned to the shop where Lee crafts a unique glass sculpture or vase to commemorate the marriage.

After spending a career in the corporate world, Lee relocated to West Texas to pursue his love for glass. Opening his Sandstorm Glassworks shop behind Tornado Gallery next to the Cactus Theater, Lee has made a name for himself in the wedding industry, shipping his work all over the country. You’ve probably seen his work on Pinterest if you’re in wedding planning mode.

With my own wedding coming up not long after I met Lee, we quickly knew we were going to have him create a piece for us. Our closest friends and all of our family combined coral and navy colored sand as our ceremony started. Today, the sculpture sits on our dresser where we see it every day. Lee even made a pendant for my wife as a gift; she wears it often.

If you’re looking for modern wedding ideas, and want to create a unique piece of art with a skilled artist to commemorate the happiest day of your life, look no further thanĀ Unity in Glass.