About

Aqua Vitae Stemware is a crystal glass company that creates uniquely engraved art on crystal wine and whiskey and decanter sets for a diverse clientele. Each piece is deeply sand-engraved by hand, with custom designs ranging from Sensual Images of the Kama Sutra, Contemporary Celtic Art (knotwork, love motifs and medieval beasts), Traditional and Contemporary Religious Symbolism, to the creative rendering of Corporate logos for impressive executive gifts. The beauty of each piece is tastefully enhanced with Swarovski gemstones, and is accompanied by a certificate of quality and the story behind the design engraved upon each glass.

Artist

Elizabeth Rae Armstrong

My artistic passions are medieval illuminated art and glass. I attribute these to an inherent love of history and a fortuitous job opportunity when I was in university, with a glass sculptor, that led to a passion for glass objects.

Much of the work that I do combines my two passions. I use crystal glasses because I appreciate their fragile and temperamental beauty as an art medium.  I love medieval art and specifically illuminated manuscripts ( religious books that were highlighted with gold and adorned with semi-precious stones), because they depict a bold and passionate type of imagery that people can still identify with today. I enjoy the challenge of transforming a glass into a useable piece of art that sparks the imagination and provokes thought. It is a unique art form, and as a result, the glasses that I create are unique. Each one of the designs comes with a story. It is engraved by my hand and stands out on its own. Each glass is as individual as the person who holds it to celebrate life and toast friends.

Diploma in Design and Marketing, Seneca College, Toronto 1984 – 1986
Honours BA Medieval History, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg 1986 – 1990
Honours BA Education, McGill University, Montreal 2002 – 2006
Peter Collins’ Studio, Montreal, 2002 – 2006

Member of the Glass Artist’s Association of Canada
Member of the North American Celtic Trade Association

Purchase Options

Online at the Etsy Store, by filling out the Contact Form below or look in our Store Locator on Facebook.

Packaging

Glasses are uniquely packaged in an elegant form fitted silver and black box that protects the glasses during shipping. The glasses are accompanied with a certificate of quality with the signature of the artist and an information card with the origin of the design.

Shipping

Shipping within Canada and the USA is provided through Canada Post or USPS . Delivery times vary between two to three weeks of purchase order depending upon seasonal constraints. Cost of shipping is based upon size of order , distance to destination and expediency of order ( priority or standard post).

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