Thank you all for the compliments! Wow, sorry I didn't respond to any of these yesterday. I completely missed it.
I have been blowing glass for about 7-8 years now. I learned at Salisbury University where I went to school. It was my major in college. Yea, shipping glass is crazy. I'm scared of doing it hahah. But people ship fish and they are alive. I'd rather brake a vase than lose a fish.
Yes, I've seen those. That's a technique glass makers use for molding. It's widely use but definitely an unorthodox application. Very interesting. I've done a few where I've molded the glass onto metal before. Cool stuff.
This bowl is 2-2.5 gallon and it does have plants floating. This tank will not have any additional plants because it will have one giant plant with it's roots going into the bowl in the near future. Although more plants in the tank would look nice and create more hiding areas, this tank is small and leaving area for bacteria and other waste to gather is unadvisable due to no filtration. I keep it barren to make it easier to maintain. This approach has worked very well for me in the past. The room is heated, the bowl has a top, and has plants at the top. It receives daily water changes as well. Once the roots for the large overhead plant get put in, I think the effect you speak of will be achieved. I really did want to scape it, but for this specific bowl I'm going the bare route. I have so many that you will end up seeing some planted ones.
Thanks! I love good relaxing music to viewing fish. Glad you enjoy it, too.
I have already made several of these and I plan to make more. I'm working on making 4-5 gallon sizes and eventually 6-8 gallon sizes. I don't do this for a living because I am a programmer but I do have a degree in the arts. Let's just say fish and glass are two of my biggest passions.
Btw, here is a picture when I put moss in it. It got dirty so fast I couldn't believe it. 2 feedings and it was full of poop: