Designer: Sarah Hirneisen

Designer: Sarah Hirneisen

Anh-Minh
Jun 6, 2007

You may have spotted Sarah Hirneisen's wares at last month's Bazaar Bizarre or Capsule Street Fair. The Oakland designer handcrafts glass pieces under the name Mediums to Masses. We especially love how she incorporates beautiful vintage textile patterns into her work. Hirneisen studied at the Studio at Corning Museum of Glass and the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as the Rhode Island School of Design.

Her divided dish is ideal for serving appetizers. Priced around $45, it comes in three patterns: retro, leaf and floral. Hirneisen's coaster sets, which are also about $45, are available in opaque and transparent backgrounds. These soap dishes provide the perfect pop of color and pattern in a kitchen or bathroom. They retail for about $25 each. (We would use them as a ring dish on our nightstand.) The sushi set makes a great housewarming gift. The four plates, four dipping bowls and serving tray are silkscreened with a green bamboo pattern — all presented in a lovely wooden box.
You can view more of Hirneisen's work, which also includes jewelry, on her website. Locally, you can find Mediums to Masses products at Bloom Butik in Palo Alto. A small selection is also carried at Uncommon Goods.
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