Glass Vases

“It does not matter what material we use. We need the technique and we need the idea. And then we need the poetry, the love that transforms the material into a piece of art.” – Lino Tagliapietra

“I do not invent anything new; I personalize something… And that makes it something that nobody has done before.” – Lino Tagliapietra

For over 5000 years, since the intriguing discovery that glass expands with breath when it becomes molten, artists have created tools and techniques to work it into forms of function and beauty.  To produce the Vase series, I teamed up with Mr. Ryan Staub, a glass artist from Seattle, WA.  We applied a technique called Roll-Up and performed it at the studio facilities of Pacific Art Glass in Gardena, CA.

The Roll-Up technique is a combination of fused glass and glassblowing.  First, I sketched the design and prepared the fused glass panel, controlling the pattern, colors, and expressions.  Then, Ryan placed some clear glass on the blower’s pipe, rolled it across the fused glass panel, and blew it into the specified shape.

Glass is a magical material; it has the following characteristics: solid, liquid, transparent, opaque, and extremely fragile all at the same time.  I often found that in the kiln or the glory-hole, a secret hand touches the glass, and often the outcome is a mystery.