Tempered by a rough past, Waterford crystal glistens


May 06, 2001|By Julie Klavens | Julie Klavens,Sun Staff

Add one more curious fact to the history of the Communist movement: it played a part in the success of Waterford crystal. Master engraver Miroslav Havel, invited to Ireland in 1947 to lend support and expertise to the flagging glassworks, was unable to return to Czecho- slovakia before a Communist regime made it a closed country in 1948. He stayed in Ireland for decades, and helped Waterford become one of the premier houses for fine crystal.

During his years at Waterford, he created some of its best-known patterns, as well as chandeliers for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Westminster Abbey.

Havel, 78, has come out of retirement to create an exclusive line for Albert S. Smyth in Timonium. The brilliant bowls, vases and trophies range from $59 to $395, and can be custom engraved by Mirek Havel, son of Miroslav and also a master engraver. For more information, visit Smyth at 29 Greenmeadow Drive, or call 410-252-6666.

'Paradise' blooms from its pages

Midway through "Paradise Gardens," its authors quote a biblical verse -- I will plant cedars in the wastes / and acacia, myrtle and wild olive / the pine shall grow in the barren heath / side by side with fir and box ... -- that captures the flavor of this heady book.

The ancient Paradise garden -- a miraculous profusion of greenery and blooms coaxed from the arid lands of the Middle East -- springs to life in this work, produced by two innovative French landscape gardeners (Arnaud Maurieres and Eric Ossart) and two acclaimed photographers (Joelle Caroline Mayer and Gilles Le Scanff). The volume also showcases some modern interpretations designed by Maurieres and Ossart.

"Paradise Gardens," published by Editions du Chene, is available for $29.95 at area bookstores.

-- J.K.

That's a crock -- of comfort

"To be both lusty and elegant is a fine thing," reads a Web site for ceramic artist Tatiana -- just Tatiana -- and this philosophy is borne out by her expressive, shapely pieces.

Her tea crocks -- rounded, homey canisters for chamomile, jasmine and green teas -- are supremely inviting, bringing to mind comforting cups of tea by a hearth. (Yet with their sophisticated platinum glaze and grand Roman lettering, they'd be at home in the sleekest granite-and-steel kitchens.)

The crocks are available for $90 at Tatiana's eponymous gallery, at 14290 Triadelphia Road, Glenelg. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and by appointment during the week; call 410-442-1144 during business hours for information or log on to www.tatianaltd.com. -- J.K.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Mary Corey, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.


The Baltimore Symphony Associates have scheduled a lesson in landscaping by professionals from Albatross Nursery at 6 p.m. May 15 as part of its annual Decorators' Show House (left). Cost is $8, or $6 with the purchase of a Show House ticket, and will be held at Foxhall Manor, 6020 Foxhall Manor Drive, Catonsville. The Show House is open through May 20. For more information, call 410-869-3323.

Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks, in conjunction with the Cylburn Arboretum Association, will present Market Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the arboretum, 4901 Greenspring Ave.

The annual sale of plants and crafts also will feature entertainment; tours of Cylburn mansion, the greenhouse and the nature and bird museums; information from plant specialists; and food. The event is free, but a $2 parking donation will be requested. For more information, call 410-396-0180 or 410-396-6694.

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