31 posts tagged Glass
31 posts tagged Glass
Portland, OR-based glass artist Mike Gong creates beautiful marbles containing awesomely complex and vibrant designs. Those pictured here are part of Gong’s aptly-titled Acid Eater series. Each handmade glass marble seen here contains a unique little galaxy of swirly, colorful shapes and patterns, at the heart of which appears a goofy, trippy character eagerly extending its tongue to slurp up a psychedelic square.
These colorful objects are contemporary examples of a millennia-old glass art form called Murrine. Murrina (the singular form) is an Italian term for colored patterns or images made in a glass cane (long rods of glass) that are revealed when cut in cross-sections. The process first appeared in the Mideast more than 4,000 years ago and was revived by Venetian glassmakers on Murano in the early 16th century.
Artists working in glass design murrine in a variety of ways from simple circular or square patterns to complex detailed designs to even portraits of people. Murrine are designed by layering different colors of molten glass around a core, then heating and stretching it into a rod. When cool, the rod is sliced into cross-sections of desired thickness with each slice possessing the same pattern in cross-section.
These stunning carnivorous plants and orchids require neither water, sunlight or insects in order to thrive. Instead they just new a gentle going over with feather duster every once in a while. That’s because they’re weren’t grown, they were created by Seattle-based master glassblower Jason Gamrath. Jason’s incredibly realistic glass flowers gigantic in size because he wants to help people appreciate all the wonderful little details found on specimens in the plant kingdom:
“The purpose of creating this series on a macro scale is to bring to light the beauty that exists within the micro scale of nature,” he explains. “Small plants, although minuscule in comparison to our human-sized way of existing, are overwhelmingly perplexing when held inches away from one’s face.”
Visit Jason Gamrath’s website to check out more of his fantastic glass flora.
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The John Hancock Center in Chicago has a truly breathtaking new attraction called Tilt. It’s glass enclosure located on the building’s 94th floor that holds eight people and tilts them forward, so that they lean out and take in a truly unique and adrenaline-packed view of the Windy City from over 1000 feet above the ground.
You may think you’re looking at photos of beautiful undersea invertebrates, but these delicate beauties are actually models made of clear, coloured, and painted glass. Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, a father and son team of master glassmakers (previously featured here), painstakingly created these extraordinary glass models of invertebrate animals (jellyfish, snails, sea anemones, corals, hidroids, starfish, sea-cucumbers, squid, seaslugs and bivalves) from the mid 1800s until the 1930s.
Photographer Guido Mocafico visited the natural history museums which still house collections of the Blaschka’s work, including Harvard University Herbaria, the Corning Museum of Glass/Cornell University, and the Natural History Museums in London and Ireland, in order to create a marvelous series of photographs celebrating these exquisite models. He set the pieces against dark backdrops and carefully lit them to emphasize their different colours and textures.
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This incredibly awesome Octopus Chandelier is the work of Mason Parker of Mason’s Creations. The tentacular stained glass light fixture measures approximately four feet across, sports eight detachable tentacles, and can be illuminated in three different ways - using just the head, just the tentacles, or by placing real candles in the candleholders held by each curled tentacle.
Mason recently sold this particular octopoid light fixture, but don’t worry, he’s planning to make another one soon. Let’s all start saving our pennies. The finished piece sells for $18,000, so perhaps we can work out some sort of time-sharing scheme.
"Oh, no tears please, for it’s a waste of good suffering."
Artist Nicole Cantú created this terrifyingly awesome stained glass likeness of Pinhead from the Hellraiser series. Entitled Lord of Leviathan, the 24” x 36” Cenobite is Nicole’s contribution to the Something Spooky horror-themed group art show the Guzu Gallery in Austin, Texas.
We love that Pinhead’s unforgettable cranium was crafted in 3D. The piece is mounted inside a light box so that viewers can get the full demonic/angelic effect. He’s currently available for purchase here.
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Dutch artist Suzan Drummen creates awesome large-scale, kaleidoscopic floor installations using mirrors, crystals, metal, and pieces of brightly coloured glass arranged in intricate and mesmerizing circular patterns.
"The fractal-like arrangements feature ornate and elaborate circles growing exponentially out of each other and vibrant rings of spiraling colors winding into the surface of the floor. They are composed of crystals, chromed metal, precious stones, mirrors and optical glass. A sensory experience, and visually stimulating, the glittering installations play with the architecture of the space — climbing up walls and sweeping across the surfaces — examining the idea of illusion and optical effects."
Do you remember the short films that Mister Rogers or Sesame Street would play that showed us how different things were made? This video is just like one of those mesmerizing films. It’s completely fascinating, delightful, and also strangely soothing.
Entitled Glas, this short documentary film about glass production in the Netherlands was made by Bert Haanstra in 1958. With a wonderful score and absolutely no narration, it beautifully contrasts glassblowers at the Royal Leerdam glass factory handmaking beautiful pieces of crystal with mass production by automated bottle-making machines. In 1959 Glas won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
"The documentary is a perfect little ten minute vacation. The music complements it nicely, so be sure to keep the sound on."
And kudos to the glassblower who managed to ply his trade while smoking a pipe. Smoking is bad for you, but we’re still impressed by his suave multitasking.