A History of American Snow Globes

Now and then in our travels on the internet, we find interesting documents about snow globes.

Bonus: this document, a Masters thesis, is about the history of snow globes, and includes a paragraph or so about Camryn Forrest Designs. We’re honored to be included.


Here’s an excerpt from the thesis:

 “Camryn Forrest, a self-described snow globe “artist,” uses the globe’s original theme of delight and intrigue: working in a genre called “steampunk,” she encases in her globes fantasy objects appearing to be powered by steam and built with ironclad soldered parts.

Doubling back both to nostalgia for an early industrialized, rather than technological, ethos, as well as to the Victorian origins of the globe, the tableaux inside contain machines and figures that have no real – world counterparts, past or present. When the tiny shapes of human figures do appear, their function is to give relative scale to the gigantic machines: they are featureless mannequins, posed in positions that defy gravity …”


To read the rest of Hilker’s work, follow the link.


“Point of View” an Escher-inspired snow globe, design and images copyright (2012, 2016) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.

Geodesic Dome/Dome

It’s an intriguing shape, the geodesic dome. Simply, interlocking straight lines are used to create polygons, those polygons in turn become a curved hemisphere shape, like half of a soccer ball or a jungle gym.

Credit for the geodesic dome in architecture goes to R. Buckminister Fuller: “a light, domelike structure developed by R. Buckminster Fuller to combine the properties of the tetrahedron and the sphere and consisting essentially of a grid of compression or tension members lying upon or parallel to great circles running in three directions in any given area, the typical form being the projection upon a sphere of an icosahedron, the triangular faces of which are filled with a symmetrical triangular, hexagonal, or quadrangular grid.”

Woah, that’s a lot of words for a half an orange. But another meaning of dome is slang for the shape of the human head. Which got us thinking: what if you put a geodesic dome on your dome?


One of a kind clay sculpture with metallic finish, brass and aluminum embellishment to create geodesic dome. Snow globe and sculpture images and design are copyright (c) 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.


Citation: geodesic dome. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved May 16, 2016 from Dictionary.com website

Black Sails

Have you ever heard the saying, “that ship has sailed?”
I planned to take a series of fabulous photos of our newest airship snow globe when we got back to Colorado after showing at the spring One of a Kind show in Chicago, but …

that ship has sailed. It was purchased and is off on a new adventure, somewhere in Illinois.

Here are a few snaps we took during the making of “Black Sails” that may inspire us to make another someday.


“Black Sails” – one of a kind glitter snow globe, with tiny airship over a sailing ship with sails made of black cloth. When shaken the globe glitters with darker glitter, reminiscent of thunder and lightning. Hand-painted base with metallic patina effect and brass rivets. Design and images are copyright (c) 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado, USA.

Grand Adventure balloon

Ever feel like it’s time for a Grand Adventure, but you don’t know exactly where you want to go? Remember the wise words of Lewis Carroll: If you don’t know where you are going you are sure to get there.
The urge to be somewhere else, but nowhere specific, is the perfect occasion for a journey by balloon. Pack a picnic basket and your favorite fellow traveler and let the wind take you.




One of a kind snow globe/sparkle globe with miniature mixed media hot air balloon and figures inside a pristine glass globe filled with liquid and shimmering sparkles of the fog at dawn. All images and designs are copyright 2015 and 2016 (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Fate Loves the Fearless

It was just a phrase in a magazine artiFate Loves the Fearless flying turtle snow globe Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Coloradocle, reading casually, waiting for my hair to be cut.

“Fate loves the fearless.”

I wish I could remember who said it and in what context, but I’ve lost the source.

The phrase stayed with me, reminding of some other words to live by, including “You miss every shot you don’t take, ” attributed to Wayne Gretsky.

Why a turtle? I don’t know: Perhaps the gentle sea turtle always appears to be flying and I took it one step farther, with a couple taking a leap of faith together, fearless and bold, holding on for the exciting ride ahead.

“Fate Loves the Fearless.” Ah, yes it does.

Fate Loves the Fearless flying turtle snow globe Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado detail Fate Loves the Fearless flying turtle snow globe Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado



“Fate Loves the Fearless” custom snow globe with flying turtle and tiny human couple along for the ride. When shaken, the liquid sky fills with shimmering glitter of daybreak.
All photographs, images and designs are copyright (c) 2015 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.