There's nothing like unwinding from a day of hard work with a nice, long soak in the bathtub. Taking a bath is not only good for relaxation, but can also benefit both mental and physical health. According to the Huffington Post, when paired with certain essential oils, bath-taking helps relieve stress, increase memory function, soothe cold symptoms, and promote sleep. 

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While a post-work soak is a pleasant enough idea, not every bathroom is conducive to taking a bath, and not every bathtub is in the most inviting condition. Bathtubs are often heavily used and inefficiently cleaned, resulting in stains and grime buildup that can be difficult to remove even when using powerful cleaning products. In extreme cases, installing a bathtub insert or resurfacing the original bathtub is the only way to make a worn-down tub look presentable again. 

The tub in the below video is an old Victorian cast-iron bathtub that had seen much better days, as the video's YouTube description explains. Early footage of the bathtub shows the cast iron tub as rusted, stained, and nearly decaying. The vessel was in such poor condition that most individuals would deem it trash without giving it a second thought. 

Fortunately, the eye of an artist is often different than the eye of the masses. Acclaimed glass artist Mel Howse saw a certain potential in the cast iron bathtub and used her artistic flair to bring her vision to life. The video explains that the British artist received a grant from the queen that helped fund her "Fire & Water" project.

With the use of paint, vitreous enamels, and a fiery hot kiln, Howse transformed the rusted cast-iron tub into a stunning piece of work that is both artistic and functional. Howse is known for her impeccable artistry using vitreous enamels, a process wherein a layer of glass is fused to a metallic surface using high temperatures, as described by the Vitreous Enamel Association.  The YouTube description explains that Howse used multiple layers of vitreous enamels to achieve the look she had in mind for the bathtub. The final product is a one-of-a-kind art bath with a mesmerizing design that evokes both movement and serenity. 

Howse's career as a glass artist has been marked by a number of accolades and achievements. According to her website, Howse has worked in the fine arts field for over 20 years, bringing contemporary designs to industrial materials and crafting stirring structures for public installations. "Fire & Water" was completed in July 2009, as cited on Howse's site. The art bath stands as a unique addition to the artist's portfolio and continues to conjure praise, discussion, and perhaps most universally, awe.