Born in Tokyo, Dusseldorf-based artist Ramon Todo creates beautiful textural juxtapositions using layers of glass in unexpected places.Starting with various stones, volcanic rock, fragments of the Berlin wall, and even books, Todo inserts perfectly cut glass fragments that seem to slice through the objects.This results in segments of translucence where you would least expect it.His small sculptures of rocks and books embedded with polished layers of glass, seamlessly introduce disparate materials into a single object.This creates an unusual intention, as if these objects have always existed this way.
The random pieces of obsidian, fossils, volcanic basalt, and old books are suddenly redefined.Todo’s stay in Dusseldorf over ten years brought him Western culture, and generated an original yet universal aesthetic which appeal to broad range of people.
More of Ramon Todo‘s remarkable artwork can be found at http://www.thephotophore.com/ramon-todo/ and http://artfrontgallery.com/en/artists/Todo.html.
Lamp worker and designer Melissa Schmidt works out of her 120 year+ studio in St.Louis, Missouri.
Inspired by her antique blown glass buttons, her work is whimsical and unexpected as the buttons she found two decades ago.
Her glass mastery is mostly self taught, having experimented with years of refining techniques.
Schmidt’s work is at once tactile, visual and auditory as movement creates delight for the wearer and observer.
She uses borosilicate glass material with frit, glass powder, grinding, sewing, and 35 mm slide film, as well as foils and precious metals.
Schmidt’s creativity is a delight to the eye, a unique sparkle in the world of jewelry.
More of Melissa Schmidt‘s amazing glass work can be found at http://www.melissaschmidtstudio.com/.
Ercole Barovier (1889-1972) was the son of Benvenuto Barovier and a member of a centuries-long lineage in the family company, Vetreria Artistica Barovier & C. founded in 1295.
He was named the artistic director of the company in 1926, and quickly rose up the ranks of the family business.
After becoming sole proprietor in 1936, he merged his family’s company with the Toso family to become Barovier & Toso in 1939.
Over the course of his 50-year activity, he invented numerous decorative techniques which contributed significantly to the renovation of art glass.
From the beginning of the Thirties, he dedicated himself entirely to experimenting with new multi-colored effects, in particular he perfected the colorazione a caldo senza fusione technique (staining heat without fusion) which he first used in 1935-36.
He was active for fifty years in the company, and amassed a portfolio of no fewer than 25,000 designs.
Barovier’s work is part of many major museums’ collections around the world.
More of Ercole Barovier’s work can be found Ercole Barovier.
“…I’m innocent still — inside me are stained glass windows that have never been broken — and when I see your light it stains my soul with color …”
John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
In hand-blown crystal glass I see
Reflections of how it used to be
The finest wines in heaven poured
In vessels fit for any Lord
Finely crafted of wood and glass
A stem created from materials past
To hold God’s work in one’s small hand
Is to drink His brew throughout the land
Creations from His thoughts to man’s delight
Turned into a display of shadow and light
So fill your glass with revelry bought
Whether water or wine it matters naught
Drink to love both present and past
And friendships made that ever last
Poetry by Claudia Anderson ©2015
Glass is exquisite in its delicate beauty. A crystal vase, a hand-blown wine glass, a stained-glass window, all stir the pot of reactions that make the word “sparkle” sparkle. Working with glass is an incredible art. It is so delicate, so refined, a true art of mind over matter.
So what if glass represents a disease? Is it still “sparkling” and “refined”?
There is beauty in the micro world as well. Artist Luke Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe.
One of his highlights, Glass Microbiology, is a body of glass work that puts a crystal spin on some of the most deadly viruses.
According to his website, ” By extracting the colour from the imagery and creating jewel-like beautiful sculptures in glass, a complex tension has arisen between the artworks’ beauty and what they represent.”
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Find time and wander over to Luke’s website: www.lukejerram.com/glass . You will find it hard to believe that such horrible diseases could look so lovely.