Kiva Ford‘s passion with glass is anchored by his college degree in Scientific Glassblowing.
Now the glass artist draws from his vast experience in scientific glassblowing to create perfect miniatures of wine glasses, beakers, and ribbon-striped vases.Some pieces are scarcely an inch tall.
Kiva’s pursuit of technique, form, and precision are apparent throughout his work.
“In this business, you really have to understand what certain glass pieces want to do, and what they don’t want to do.”
So not only has Kiva perfected his technique at work, but also in his world of miniatures.More of Kiva Ford‘s miniatures (and more) can be found at https://www.kivaford.com/.
Paul Stankard is an internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the studio glass movement..During his ten year scientific glassblowing career, he became a master of fabricating complex instruments.In 1972, Paul left industry to pursue his dream of being creative in glass full time.His translucent orbs bursting with activity and life are made entirely from glass.When Stankard suddenly directed a decade of industrial glass working techniques into the interpretation of flowers, bees, vines, and leaves encased in glass, it wasn’t long before art dealers discovered his work and he began to create art full-time.According to Stankard, ““By blending mysticism with magical realism, I work to express organic credibility through my botanical interpretations.”“Crafted in glass, I reference the continuum of nature and celebrate on an intimate level her primal beauty.”
More of Paul Stankard’s amazing glasswork can be found at http://www.paulstankard.com/.
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You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. ~ George Bernard Shaw
Dale Chihuly (born September 20, 1941), is an American glass sculptor whose work in glass led to a resurgence of interest in that spectacular medium.
Chiluly graduated in 1965 from the University of Washington where he first was introduced to glass while studying interior design, then an M.S. in sculpture in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied glassblowing with Harvey Littleton.
He received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, then worked at a renowned glassblowing workshop in Italy where he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today.
In 1971, Dale Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State.
The technical difficulties of working with glass forms are considerable, yet Chihuly uses it as the primary medium for installations and environmental artwork.
Although Chihuly lost the use of his left eye in a car accident in 1976, his work with assistants has been nothing short of phenominal.
The artist professed, “Once I stepped back, I liked the view,” and pointed out that it allowed him to see the work from more perspectives and enabled him to anticipate problems faster.
More of Dale Chihuly‘s fantastic glassworks can be found at http://www.chihuly.com.