Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Master Weavers - of Glass!

A few years ago, I saw a dish that was woven from glass. I couldn't help but wonder aloud how it was done. The memory of that beautiful dish stayed in my mind's eye.

Then, earlier this year, I was stunned by a photo of an entire kimono created with woven glass! My interest in how this was done and who was doing these masterful works grew.

Of course, there were methods described on various sites, but none were anything like the finest, thinnest glass strips I'd seen shaped into the beautiful and colorful art pieces. As I dug deeper into the question of "how," I found out that these are closely-guarded glass artist techniques. What I did find out how painstaking this work is. Some pieces can take 3-4 months to complete.

Then there was the question of "who" were the masters? I found three - including the kimono makers. There is Paula Marksbury, who makes beautiful dishes. (She's in her largest kiln)




For draping glass, look no further than William Zweifel


Lastly, there's the team of Eric Markow and Thom Norris who not only create kimonos, but also origami birds, skulls, and a 7-foot cactus.
Gives a whole new concept to "weaving" agreed?

8 comments:

  1. Without a doubt, that's the most unusual and gorgeous weaving I've ever seen. Jennie

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  2. gorgeous work! Dee

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  3. Amazing. I love the crane. S

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  4. This is incredible glass artwork. Read Atencio's blog and subscribe. Each entry fascinates! Leslie

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  5. wow, beautiful, incredible, amazing! Ally

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  6. Amazing, R. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. Wow! I am in awe - amazed --- this kimono is made from....woven GLASS! Joying in colorful, skillful, visionary creating!!! Julie

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