Is there anything more magical then the whimsical miniature world of a snow globe? Perhaps it’s a bustling city quietly frozen for just a moment, or a cozy cottage fixed in time. Each teeny tiny scene is a perfect microcosm, evoking scenes around our globe peacefully covered in beautiful snow. Now I present to you the charming, international snow globe collection of jewellery artist Jennifer Cowgill.
Who (are you)? I am Jennifer Cowgill and I sell jewelry here on Etsy as Polestar.
What (are you collecting)? I collect kitschy snow globes and travel memorabilia.
When (did you start)? I started collecting these types of things when I was very young, around 7 or 8. My dad was in the Air Force and he traveled all over the world. My favorite thing he brought back was a dead piranha from South America, toothy, mouth agape, completely shellacked and glued to a mounting board. My love for trinkets from around the world developed from the random gifts my father brought home to me. Eventually, I started collecting snow globes because they are portable and easy to pack.
How (many do you have)? Right now I have about 50, but I’ve broken and lost just as many to evaporation over the years.
Where (do you find them)? Half of them are places I’ve been and the other half are destinations visited by my friends and family who are kind enough to bring back a souvenir to me.
Where (do you keep them)? Presently, they are on a display shelf in my office.
What (‘s a crazy/interesting story behind one)? It’s not so crazy, but I love the Seattle globe where the couple is sitting in the snow with their coffee, rain slickers and umbrellas. I hear Northwesterners don’t use umbrellas though.
What (piece would you like to add)? I would love a globe from the Middle East. I may be acquiring one from Israel soon!
Which (one is your favourite) and why? I love the Space Shuttle globe. The Shuttle will be retiring soon, and the globe will be a representation of an exciting era for space exploration.
What (else do you collect)? I collect vintage buttons and have recently started a handmade plush and amigurumi collection.
Thanks so much, Jennifer. Just as magical as her collection is Polestar’s sparkling shop, filled with enchanting jewellery perfect for any festive occasion. I wish the joys and magic of the season to you all!
What holiday goodies do you collect? Please tell us in the comments below. We’d love to hear!
I’m Kristal Davis (a.k.a. rikrak) and I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I feel it tells us a little bit about what inspires them. The Collectors series, first published on my own little blog is 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting — apart from their art supplies!