Time and reflection change the sight little by little ’till we come to understand.
~ Paul Cezanne
Croning My Way Through Life
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.
René Lalique (April 6, 1860 – May 5, 1945) was a master jeweller and glass designer during the Art Nouveau period.
His superior talent and creativity evolved over time and he developed his style to such an extent that he was able to dominate the Art Deco jewelry and glass market as well.
He designed an array of beautiful pieces — glass perfume bottles, jewelry, vases, tableware, bottles, lighting, figurines, and in his later years, car hood ornaments.
In the 1920s , his style morphed from the Art Nouveau nature-inspired forms, to more streamlined pieces to suit the Art Deco aesthetic.
Lalique’s glass pieces became more opalescent, produced by adding phosphates, fluorine and aluminum oxide to glass in order to make it opaque, and by adding tiny amounts of cobalt to produce an internal blue tint.
His work passes the level of everyday to rare and extraordinary.
More of René Lalique‘s exquisite glassworks can be found at http://www.renelalique.com.
From the moment paper was invented, there was a need for paperweights.
Many objects were used to weigh flyaway papers down.
Obviously, rocks, bricks, and tree branches didn’t work.
So glass paperweights were created.
Some of the earliest paperweights were made in Venice in the 1840s.
The Bohemians improved upon the techniques of the Venetians, and also incorporated the aristry of the French, who really brought the art of the paperweight into full flower.
Baccarat is unquestionably the most famous and renowned paperweight producer.
Other paperweight manufacturers included New England Glass Company, Tiffany, Ysart Brothers, Vasart, and Strathearn.
No matter who created the beautiful works of art, each paperweight brings its own magic into the world.
The beauty of a moment reflected in the center of glass
Suspended in an eternal moment of color and breath
Gaze into the center of a paperweight and see your past — your future
You can find more works of beauty and light at:
Collectors Weekly http://www.collectorsweekly.com/art-glass/paperweights
Richard Mores Paperweight Photo Album http://strathearn.smugmug.com/,
and other places across the Internet.
There are all sorts of glass houses jutting out majestically from other buildings, upper floors, and lower levels. My choice this evening are glass houses that are just that — glass houses.
Standing free and glistening under sunrise and sunset.
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.