The heart shape is used to express the idea of the heart as the center of emotion, including affection and love, especially (but not exclusively) romantic love. The first known depiction of a heart as a symbol of romantic love dates to the 1250s. Heart-shaped, pressed-glass dishes have been gifted and collected since the 1960’s. As memories faded and treasured collections got passed on, these dishes were sold at estate sales or donated to charity organizations.
Techniques used to grant these beloved treasures a second life include fusing them in a kiln to flatten them, and then using standard copper foil and soldering methods to turn them into sun catchers. This series of hearts has been designed to remind us of the importance of honoring the affection and love that is entrusted to us in life.