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These whimsical cheese platters will take your “cocktail” party to a new level.

Sherman artist Lisa Caron Hickey of Caron Designs recycles vodka bottles by placing them in a kiln and slowly raising the temperature to 1,500 degrees Farenheit. The glass melts and slumps into this unique, very cool shape. Once cooled, they’re wrapped in plastic and decorated with a cheese spreader.

If you’re not serving cheese, the pieces could also serve nicely as a spoon rest next to your range, or even to display votive candles. Or, they would make an ideal hostess gift. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive one of these as a present when you walk through their door?

$16. Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street, Guilford. (203) 453-5947. www.guilfordartcenter.org. The product is also available through Caron Designs’ website, www.carondesigns.com

Melinda McGarty Webb

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