Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for October 2010

Here come the holidays.

Let Kong Lung Trading make it easier to find unique gifts.

October 2010

Blenko Glass   Gifty Golden by Douglas Toys

Ceramic Bowls by Tillson   Nobby Bowl by Rootworks

Is it us, or does every holiday get more difficult to find the perfect gift for your family and friends? Luckily for you the fine folks here at Kong Lung Trading are on the lookout all year for unique gift offerings to get you through those tough shopping blocks. Here are a few of this year’s better gifts as chosen by the design conscious folks at Kong Lung Trading. Happy Holidays and all the best for you and yours!

Art de Asia's sleeping pigs

DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYS. Who can resist the faces of these cuddly holiday critters? Holly Hamster, Decked-Out Black Lab, Christmas Mouse, Holiday Dachshund, Gifty Golden, Cozy Yellow Lab and Mitten Kitten are ready to be loaded into Santa’s sleigh this holiday season. These festive stuffed toys measure between 5″- 8″ are the perfect size to be stuffed into a stocking or placed upon a package for that added special touch.

Each animal is individually adorned with a touch of Christmas. For example, Holly Hamster is crowned with a red stocking cap trimmed in white fur, while Mitten Kitten wears a pair of red and white mittens around her neck. Gifty Golden holds a gift in his mouth, and Holiday Dachshund is a bit groovier in his peace sign green and red collar and matching peace sign stocking cap.

Blenko Glass on display at Kong Lung Trading

BLENKO GLASS. Exquisite color, skilled craftsmen, and creative designs have made Blenko famous in the ancient craft of hand-blown glass. Over the years, talented designers have developed contemporary new designs for our skilled artisans, who have learned the difficult techniques of glass blowing through many years of practice.

The uniqueness of hand-blown glass cannot be compared to that of machine-formed glass – a process which produces items all exactly alike but without character. Because the glass is made in small batches and the processes are performed by hand, it is common to observe small air bubbles, lines or individual marks left by Blenko’s craftsmen. These are not flaws – but rather the distinctive nature of the hand-made process – which identify and magnify the uniqueness of each piece.

In a world of increasing automation and standardization, everyone at Blenko prides themselves in paying particular attention to the forms and designs, which stay true to the tradition of hand blown glass. Everyone all needs – now more than ever – hand made objects that are unique and inspiring.

Rootworks bowls on display at Kong Lung Trading

ROOTWORKS by Enricoproducts. Each of Enrico’s Root Works hand carved bowls, platters and vases are uniquely beautiful and stand alone as a natural work of art. These fantastic pieces are carved from a species of Chinese Fir called Shan Mu, which grows abundantly deep in the countryside of central China. The stumps left by logging are reclaimed prior to replanting and hand-carved by local artisans.

Tillson Vase at Kong Lung Trading

TILSON DESIGN WORKS. Created in lower Manhattan, Janna Tilson Weinstein’s work focuses on handmade, functional ceramics that blend modern designs with an organic sensibility. Her work is texturally driven with patterned carvings in her Aura and Lena lines and with raised multiple clay strands found in her Anemone Series. Tilson has developed her own original color palette using her own glaze recipes, which are dishwasher and food safe.

Whether you want a whole dinnerware set, a cool new vase or just settle on one amazing serving piece, Tilson’s work comes alive when its being used. Stop by and put one on your holiday wish list today.