A wonderful artist out of New Jersey was gracious enough to share
photographs from her visit to a California tourist attraction built
by a lady with the name of Tressa Prisbrey.
There are many photographs, but the following images will
show a bit more detail of her work:
Grandma Tressa Prisbrey's Bottle Village...
And of course, one to show the beer bottles.
They are very pretty when the light hits them!
GRANDMA PRISBREY'S BOTTLE VILLAGE:
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Love the beer bottle wall!! Looks like pieces of amber.
And to think she started all of this when she was in her 60's!
Imagine all the stress she worked off.
If she was in her 60s when she started this, how old is she now? A hundred? That's alot of walls or villages!!
Sadly, she passed away some time ago. An earthquake
destroyed sections of her village, but there are many who
are interested in restoring it.
That's too bad. I hope they do get to restore it. It would be worth it I think.
I came across this same Bottle Village on the web a few weeks ago in one of my late-night internet searches for folk art. Grandma Prisbey had a difficult life. If I remember right, at the time of her death, 6 of her 7 children had already passed away, and two husbands. Really a remarkable testament to the determination that many of these wonderful folk artists have towards their work. I am awestruck!
Here is yet another interesting twist on Bottle Houses:
Maxine Page. Very colorful, very fun bottle house!
The link is up above in one of my posts, but I'll
gladly post it here for you:
Whoops, double posted...LOL, we must be on the same wavelength.
Hi Wuvie, yes, if you like these funky folk art environments like I do, then we are definately on the same wavelength!
Thanks!! Everyone keep up the funky work! Or is it folksy? LOL
Thank you so much for posting these pictures. My 8 year old and I enjoyed reading about her last year when we checked a book our about her at our local library. It was one of favorites. Wow, you actually got to go see it!! Lucky you.
Sadly, it was not I who viewed the village, but a nice lady I met over the
internet in New Jersey. She was the lucky one to visit, but I feel almost as
if I've been there with these photographs.
What an imagination she had!
My first name is very similar to Prisbey's... and since doing glass work my husband is
very worried that I may take over the yard with glass houses. LOL
I love her work!
Glad you popped in here! I'll bring the bottles, you
bring the mortar, and we'll make a house to live in!
Our hubbies can fret about both of us, LOL.
If I had MY way, we would indeed be living in a bottle house.
While not as colorful as a bottle house (but still cool), is anyone familiar with the Beer Can House in Taos, New Mexico? It was featured on an episode of HGTV's "Extreme Homes". My husband and I saw it when we visited Taos in 2001 (it is a private home, so we only got to see the outside). Sadly, I didn't have a digital camera at the time so I have no pictures to post, but if you do a search for "Beer Can House, Taos, New Mexico", you can see a small picture on HGTV's web site (sorry, I don't know how to post those Hyperlinks you all know how to do).
Wuvie: I had the same thought when I posted. "wuvie and I could build a house!" LOL
cactus.... guess there ecentrics everywhere.! ;)
Here's the link to the HGTV Extreme Home site, with a pic of the beer can house (too bad they don't show more pics!) I love that show.
Cactusfan, to do a link, go up to the URL bar at the top of the page you want to link to, right click (it turns blue) and choose Copy. Then go back to your post in DG, right click and choose Paste, and the URL will appear in your post. When you hit preview Dave's will turn that long URL string of gibberish into a shorter highlighted link. Dmail me if you have any problems, and we'll figure it out!
OK if you guys build a bottle house somewhere, count me in. I want to do the front porch all out of bottlecaps and marbles, OK? My dream home...
Oh GOOD! I've already got a stash. And...and...can we do some big concrete animals in the front yard? Who's gonna mosaic over the refrigerator? :-)
Isn't it annoying how concern for resale value of real estate squashes funky artistic inspirations? Bottle houses rock. Mosaic too. I'm just gonna have to find a weird little house out in the desert somewhere to embellish my heart out...before I get too old to mix the mortar.
Ooh, mudhouse, indeed!
When I ask about sticking stuff to the wall, the first response I hear
from others online is about selling the house. Trust me, while we
don't live in a dump, I'm confident the land is worth more than the house.
IF anyone bought this place they would be better off mowing it down,
replacing it with another house. There are too many things wrong with
it to put all the money into. I figure we may as well have fun with it.
Don't tell hubby, but I have a large section of my bedroom wall with tempered
glass on it, hiding behind a picture. Last night I took the picture down and
gave myself permission to continue.
I'm sure I have the largest collection of bottles so we have to build here. The collections includes hundreds of blue bottles in all shapes and sizes. We will also have the advantage of being in the boonies of Mexcio so there is less (or no) worry about building codes. I also have a view to die for - the Sea of Cortez and it's just a 10 minute walk away so we can go beachcombing. Minor drawback - rustic plumbing. So when can you get here?
I vote for katiebear's location - she's got cool plants down there! I'll be happy to handle landscaping :)
Wuvie, I'm trying to convince DH that our house is in a similar category...we might as well go funky/artsy because it would take a small fortune to drag it into the 21st century! Still working on it.
OK Katiebear, I'll just head south until I start seeing big piles of blue bottles and six dogs. Your desert plants will be right up my alley too (I'll be cactusfan's landscaping assistant.) And the beachcombing...ooh, think of the great shell mosaics we can do. It all sounds wonderful. If you see a dusty Jeep leaving a trail of marbles on the highway you'll know it's me.
Please stop by and pick me up on your way... oh, I would love to walk on the beach.
Sure thing Gourd, you can bring some of your great tufa planters for the porch! I can't get the beach out of my mind either...I think I have forgotten what water looks like.
Not one to brag nor to challenge, I'm afraid I would have
to step forward as the one with the most bottles. It began
when I discovered the recycling center didn't mind trading.
If I suddenly died, I'm afraid there would be a story about the
bottles no one knew about...since we live in the country.
I try to keep them confined to the A frame we built for luffa, so
that in the summer the vines hide all them. There are more
in the woods and more in the garage, some in the house and
even more to come. I'm so glad there are others out there who
share my passion for glass and bottles.
However, I think that since you live in Mexico and I in the
states, we should build TWO houses, using yours for a vacation
home! Whatcha think? LOL. Rustic plumbing? Cool, it will add
personality to the place.
Six dogs? Not a problem. Would they mind my four cats and
This is such a fun group, I'm having a mushy moment wishing
we all lived closer.