Saturday, February 03, 2007

Mark Douglass Vases

Today I'm in love with these remarkable vases by Australian artist Mark Douglass. As you can see, they've got a great look to them. But in order to really appreciate the workmanship that goes into these pieces, you need a sense of scale. This should help:

The artist described the process in an interview with Melissa Cunningham on the ABC program 'George Negus Tonight':
Hot glass is when you dip into a hot furnace of molten glass with a blowing iron. Pretty much like gathering honey on the end of a spoon. I work with Miles, another assistant, Dave, and with the scale of the work that I've been making you need a team of people to produce this stuff because it's... pretty much physically impossible to control a piece by yourself. So... And it's quite, um, draining physically to roll a piece around. So we do a bit of tag-team work.
As you can see from the photo above, Douglass' work is not all done in black and white, though those pieces are the ones that I like best. Perhaps I've been spending too much time over at Black White Bliss!

(Incidentally, if you like the black and white look, Black White Bliss posted a great find yesterday in the ceramic work of Mel Robson. Check it out!)


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