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The First Ever
Sunsphere Ornament

A glitter-dusted, glass Sunsphere ornament, handcrafted by artisans using old-world glassblowing techniques and meticulously detailed hand-painting is now available for the 2019 holiday season!

Built for the 1982 World’s Fair, this iconic structure still defines the Knoxville skyline and is a symbol of home in the hearts of many.  By purchasing this ornament you are helping to preserve and maintain our beloved city icon.

Get ’em while they last – only 500 ornaments will be available to purchase before Christmas 2019!

Knoxville Sunsphere Ornament

The Process

This artisanal glass ornament, handcrafted in Europe using Renaissance-era carving, glassblowing and finishing processes, makes a glittering holiday heirloom. 

Sunsphere ornament - Step 1 Clay

Step 1 - Sculpting

It all begins with clay.

Sunsphere ornament - Step 2 clay replica

Step 2 - Mold Making

An Exact Replica.

Sunsphere ornament - Step 3 glass blowing

Step 3 - Glass Blowing

Master artisans create each piece by hand.

Sunsphere ornament - Step 4 Silvering

Step 4 - Silvering

The silver foundation makes the final colors shine and pop.

Sunsphere ornament - Step 5 painting

Step 5 - Painting

All of the details come to life one paint stroke at a time.

Step 6 - Glittering

Finishing touches with glitter and a pinch of magic!

Sunsphere Christmas Ornament

Precision

In Every Detail

This detailed glass Sunsphere ornament is handcrafted in Poland by artisans using old-world glassblowing techniques and finishing processes.

The gold-mirrored ball gleams and sparkles as it sits on top of the delicately painted frame.

Flawless craftsmanship delivers a timeless and unique heirloom that you can cherish for years to come. 

The Sunsphere Fund

Upkeep and maintenance of any historic building is a constant battle against harsh weather and normal wear-and-tear.  We have a passion for our city and believe it’s our responsibility to promote, protect and preserve our city’s most iconic structure.

We are pleased to partner with the City of Knoxville and Visit Knoxville on the first item to benefit The Sunsphere Fund.  Your purchase will directly help in preserving and maintaining the Sunsphere for years to come with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the Sunsphere Fund.

Sunsphere Christmas Ornament Next to the Sunsphere
Knoxville natives, Guinn Boyce and Derek Boyce create the first Sunsphere ornament

Behind the sparkle

Meet Guinn & Derek

Knox natives, Guinn and Derek Boyce wanted to give back to the city they are proud to call home.

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A Gift With Purpose

Decorative brass ornament stands can accompany any ornament making them a beautiful display for your home or office all year round.

Celebrate our city’s skyline with a Sunsphere ornament that will sparkle and shine on your holiday tree. Whether you add it to your own seasonal décor or give it as a gift, it’s an heirloom-quality memento sure to be treasured for years to come.

And of course every purchase helps to support our Knoxville Sun!

Add on an ornament stand to display your Sunsphere ornament all year round

The First Ever Sunsphere Ornament

Glittering almost like the real thing, the Sunsphere ornament adds a glimmer of Knoxville to your home, just in time for the Holiday Season!