Glass takes on undulating, delicate, and refined shapes in the hands of Nikita Drachuk. The Ukraine-based artist is the creative force behind the family-owned glassblowing studio Glass Symphony, which has been in business for three generations. Drachuk employs a technique called lampwork—in which the maker manipulates the glass with the use of a small torch—to create intricate figurines.
Instead of vases and bowls, Drachuk and her studio tackle some of the most complex creatures on the planet. Her series of octopuses, for example, capture this aquatic creature and its eight sinuous tentacles in a variety of natural poses. Brilliantly colored in reds and blues, these cephalopods look like they could slither off the table—or even across your skin.
Similarly, Glass Symphony also produces a stunning array of arachnid sculptures. Eight-legged spiders with long, spindly legs appear frozen in the midst of a creepy crawl in these miniature works of art. The delicate proportions of these statuettes are emphasized by the mix and match of different colors, with mottled blues and greens covering the legs and abdomens in gorgeous visual displays.