Painted Bottles – Old & New

Painted Naval scenes on Dutch Onions – Jeff Noordsy

“We’re still painting on bottles as an art form of expression”

David Walker Barker posted some neat pictures yesterday on Bottle Diggers and Collectors on facebook that I though were pretty cool and wanted to be nested in a post.

Of course we have all probably seen many great Renaissance masterpieces consisting of still life’s of fruit, flowers, a wine glass and a bottle but as you will see from some of these pictures below, we are still painting on bottles as an art form of expression. I am sure some of us have even painted bottles and many others have created sculptures and lamps with bottles.

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Please know that your blog Peachridge Glass, is must read for me every week regardless of the demands of work or family. As a point of reference, our paths have crossed at the Baltimore Show as I am a collector and digger living in the DC area but originally from New York’s Hudson River Valley.

New York Artifact Art – Scott Jordan

The reason for my email stems from your recent post on painted bottles; I would be remiss not to share with you the art of of Scott Jordan of New York City. Scott is a bottle digger and amateur historian who makes his living repurposing past objects and recovered artifacts into remarkable art. To this end, I invite you to look at his painted bottles and collages on his website New York Artifact Art and New York Artifact Art – Scott Jordan. He and his business partner also make spectacular jewelery from the artifacts recoverd — my wife, daughter, sisters, mother, aunts and grandmothers have all been the beneficiaries for many a Christmas. I believe you have been to Scott’s website because of the image you posted of the digging crew, including Chris Rowell, drinking a few beers after a Manhattan privy dig. You will see on the page links provided, wonderful painted bottles, other paintings, and a variety of interpreative collages. At the same time, I invite you to take a look at his stunning book Past Objects or, as noted in the New York Times. Scott has been selling his book at the Baltimore Show for couple of years; on occasion he has sold artwork at bottle shows but primarily sells his art and wearable art at NY markets (TheMarket, NYC, 159 Bleecker Street and, in December, at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at 59th Street & Central Park West).

Thanks for the good reads,


About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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