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Glass Dragonfly Sculpture by female glass blower Jenifer Liput
signed JKLD 2012
Water Bugs and Dragonflies

lamp work glass cane pull cobalt body with dichroic accent between the eyes
one of a kind
size: 5 1/2 inches long x about 3 1/2 inches wide

Water Bugs and Dragonflies
* By Doris Stickney

Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in a while one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about with its friends. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily, it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.
"Look" said one of the water bugs to another. "One of our colony is climbing the lily stalk. Where do you suppose he is going?" Up, up, up it went slowly. Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. Its friends watched, and waited but it didn't return. "That's funny!" said one water bug to another. "Wasn't he happy here?" asked a second water bug. "Where do you suppose he went?" wondered a third. No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together "I have an idea. The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he went and why." "We promise," they said solemnly.

One spring day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broken through the surface of the water, and fallen on to a broad, green lily pad above. When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn't believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings. The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from the new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly. Swooping and dipping in great curves he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere.

By and by, the new dragonfly landed happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends the water bugs. There they were scurrying about, just as he had been doing some time before. Then the dragonfly remembered the promise: The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he went and why. Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water.
"I can't return" he said in dismay "At least I tried, but I can't keep my promise. Even if I could go back, none of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I'll just have to wait until they become Dragonflies too. Then they will understand what happened to me, and where I went" And the Dragonfly flew off happily into its wonderful new world of sun and air

hope you like it :)

This dragonfly came to be from a chat that some of my team were having about these dragonflies that all of a sudden appeared and the feelings of past ones attached to them echoed through the room. It is an amazing thing for so many to feel the same feeling and so special to share it with each other. my heart goes out to Lydia and Debbie with this piece.

As a promotion for our store we are offering this at 1/2 price with free delivery confirmation added.

Glass Dragonfly Hanging Sculpture


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: borosilicate glass, dichroic glass
  • Only ships to United States from California, United States.
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