I first stumbled upon Elizabeth Johnson’s exquisite glass berries at the RAS Gallery in Yountville, California. The sculptural equivalent of photorealist paintings, they project a sense of high-gloss, heightened realism; you note both the natural beauty of the objects they are based on and the artifice behind these trompe l’oeil imitations. The Colorado-based artist uses a combination of flameworking (sculpting molten glass in the flame of a 4,000-degree Fahrenheit oxygen-propane torch) for her fruits and leaves and pâte de verre (using molds and powdered glass) for the occasional fruit tart shell or glass cake. In addition to the life-size sculptures, Johnson also makes beads and jewelry using the same motifs. For your crafty friends, perhaps a box of beads as inspirational building blocks for her or his own jewelry making will be the perfect gift; for those who like their gifts ready-to-wear, try one of these cherry, gooseberry or raspberry necklaces.