I just returned from visiting my glass factories in Italy and I thought I would shed a little light on part of the hand made, mouth blown, magical process of making glass objects. I will do a couple of postings of other processes I find fascinating. I hope this gives a renewed interest in the fascinating world of hand made, mouth blown glass. I believe it is a little bit of magic and passion in our high tech world.
The molten glass is poured into a metal leaf form or shape. This form will stop the now liquid glass from running all over and this will keep the thickness at the authentic voluptuous level.
The molten glass is scored to make the leaf veins.
The form is removed and the leaf is examined and begins the process of being curved.
The molten leaf is slid onto the warmed form.
The leaf will stay for a very short time here before it goes into to oven so that it can cool slowly, avoiding any cracks.
The finished piece.
I hope you find this as amazing as I do. I have been working in the factories for longer then I would like to say and it never gets old.
In regards to doing business in Italy for Otium, in theory, this is my slow time since the glass factories on the island of Murano are closed for Summer Holiday. Imagine being out of the office for the month of August. I can't decide if that is a good thing or bad. I genuinely love what I do and I don't want to stop but this inability to call or email the factory everyday gives me time and piece of mind to focus on, or be distracted with, some creative projects as well to a catch up on unfinished tedious office projects.
Here are a few of my summer sketches (distractions).
Here are a few of our newest additions to the Thomas Fuchs Creative collection and an entirely new departure from 3D objects. It has been an amazing experience to work with our new manufacture and the exciting new material of glass beads. As you may know by seeing my previous designs, in glass, wood, metal, etc., I love texture. I am just getting my feet wet but soon you will see a lot more in an array of beaded placemats utilizing the depth and texture (and COLOR) you can get from this new medium for me.
These will all be available at Barneys New York in early Fall.
Last Thursday, Dec 5th Michou and I were invited to Doyle Auction House for a book signing for the legendary jeweler David Webb. All I could think about is how Art imitates life. Currently I am taking a class on how jewelry is made. In class we are at the point of enameling which is the forte of Mr. Webb so this event came upon us at the most auspicious of times.
Below I have given a hint as to my project of depicting the zodiac and to David Webb's Book and talk.
David Webb's Book
David Webb, The Quintessential American Jeweler, Ruth Peltason
Slide Presentation and Book Signing Reception with Ruth Peltason
David Webb, The Quintessential American Jeweler (Assouline Publishing) by Ruth Peltason is the first monograph on this important designer who redefined 20th century American jewelry. Opening shop in 1948 at the age of 21, David Webb became the indispensable jeweler for society swans and Hollywood stars alike. He understood that women wanted one-of-a-kind pieces, and his jewelry offered bold shapes and exuberant color. Published on the company’s 65th anniversary, this richly illustrated book details Webb’s evolution as an artist and identifies his major collections. The pieces are accompanied by Webb’s drawings, editorial from leading fashion magazines, and photographs of the many women who adored his jewelry, including Diana Vreeland, Elizabeth Taylor, Brooke Astor, Gloria Vanderbilt, Barbra Streisand and Gwen Stefani. Ruth Peltason is also the author of Living Jewels and editor of Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry.
El Anatsui (born 1944) is a Ghanaian sculptor active for much of his career in Nigeria.
Anatsui was born in Anyako, and trained at the College of Art, University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi, in central Ghana. He began teaching at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1975, and has become affiliated with the Nsukka group.
Anatsui's preferred media are clay and wood, which he uses to create objects based on traditional Ghanaian beliefs and other subjects. He has cut wood with chainsaws and blackened it with acetylene torches; more recently, he has turned to installation art. Some of his works resemble woven cloths such as kente cloth. Anatsui also incorporates uli and nsibidi into his works alongside Ghanaian motifs.