Last weekend we went to the Open Studios weekend at Pullens Yards in Kennington, London.

The Pullens Yards, based in the heart of London were purpose-built for designer-makers in the late 1880s. These workshops are still home to a range of craftspeople today although the nature of their businesses has evolved over the years.

Within the yards there are diverse and established arts and artisan businesses, ranging from Potters and Furniture designers to Metalworkers, Jewellers, Painters, Photographers and Architects. The yards and their businesses are a vital part and contributor to the arts within the Borough of Southwark.


We spent a couple of hours wandering around these Yards (or what today we might call Mews). The front window in ‘Jam Jar Flowers’ in particular caught my attention. A varied display of bottles of all shapes, sizes and colours of which this was the stand-out section.


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21 Responses to Bottles

  1. oneowner says:

    Looks like a lot of photo ops are available to anyone looking for them.

  2. says:

    I have always been drawn to colored glass against the window. Very nice photo!

  3. I love this image Andy. I have a small collection of colored glass bottles and always find them a pretty piece of art in themselves.

  4. ShimonZ says:

    love those bottles

  5. Phillip says:

    I love the way the light shine through colored glass. Great shot Andy!

  6. I just love the colors and shapes expressed here, Andy, and the background information really adds a great layer of depth to the piece!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much for commenting Toad. Blue and Green seemed to go very well together when I chose this section of the window display and the added bonus was that the view out through the window to the buildings beyond was suitably subdued.

      • shoreacres says:

        When I was a child, my mother made a blue and green plaid dress for me to wear the first day of school. I cried and cried. “Everyone” knew that blue and green didn’t go together! My grandmother took me outside, then asked, “What color is the sky? What color are the trees?” Of course I said blue and green. And of course she asked, “Do they go together?” End of problem.

        • LensScaper says:

          Thanks very much for your two comments, Linda. We can learn a lot from nature, especially about colour. And I never stop being fascinated by the interplay between glass and light in its myriad forms.

  7. Helen Cherry says:

    Lovely.. nothing quite like coloured glass.. especially when the sun shines through it 🙂

  8. Ismail N says:

    This is interesting…. I suddenly realise that I have never taken a photo of any glass jar or bottle before. I should try it someday.

  9. Meanderer says:

    I love it! What super shapes and colours. Interesting that the blue bottles are lovely and decorative, whereas the green ones are pretty much functional – noting the ribbed sides of some which would have included toxic mixes!

    • LensScaper says:

      It’s certainly a lovely mix. I think you’re right – green bottles were often to be found in the old chemist shops in years gone by. Thanks for commenting, Meanderer.

  10. shoreacres says:

    Another bit of childhood. I often was left at the home of a friend of my parents. She was an antique dealer, and had a bay window filled with colored glass. I’d go downstairs, early in the morning, and watch the sunlight play among the glass. It was utterly beautiful. Of course, classy green beer bottles can do the trick, too.

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