If you’ve ever tried your hand at glassblowing, you’ll know all too well how incredibly difficult it can be to achieve a perfect finished piece. Even artists experienced for decades make flops. So to see these miniature wine glasses, vases and beakers standing just centimetres tall is quite astounding.
Looks like we can’t get enough of Ben Young’s glass sculptures. Raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand and now based in Sydney, Australia, the self-taught artist has been doing these for over a decade, drawing, cutting and crafting his works by hand, layer by painstaking layer.
Robert Morris has created an incredible outdoor sculpture that ‘takes form of a navigable, glass-walled labyrinth’. This installation was unveiled at the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park in Kansas City, Missouri. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art says it ‘transcends time and space to remind us of the power of deeply felt archetypes. In form and […]
Made of hand blown pyrex glass, the Meld wine glass is inspired by two forms: the glass and the human hand. The result is a merged curiosity of a drinkware which fits onto the palm ergonomically, almost like a fitted glove. We cannot approve enough.
This is great: a glass that suspends our disbelief of gravity. Made from hand-blown glass, the Revolution Wine and Water Glass combines two glasses into one. Depending on which side you flip it, its contents appear to float at different levels as you fill the glass from either end. Either way, it will confound your […]
Christina Bothwell ingeniously combines the translucent nature of glass, the solid nature of raku clay and the organic nature of found matter to create ethereal, macabre figures. From the artist: ‘I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves’
I was fortunate to attend a talk by Luke Jerram about his Sky Orchestra project, where he commissioned a musical composition to be played by a fleet of hot air balloons, flown low over cities in an attempt to ‘affect’ people as they stir in the early morning. Jerram is truly an innovator and other […]
Do you love whiskey? Do you love the 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner? Fancy yourself a tough, crime solving individual? Then drink from this hand-blown crystal Blade Runner whisky glass designed in Italy Arnolfo di Cambio. It’s the exact same one used in the movie. And don’t forget to dim the lights to set a moody ambience while […]
Kazakhstan’s new capital city of Astana is home to a huge, futuristic pyramid structure – the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation – created to house the triennial ‘congress of world and traditional religions’. The stunning project was designed by Foster and Partners and ate up 8.74 billion kazakh tenge (as in £35 million or US$53 […]
Italian artist Silvano Rubino, who does set and costume design for theatrical and dance performances, also creates contemporary art with glass. We really dig this one he did of a dining table with clear glass and steel called Addizione Sottrattiva (Subtraction Addition) — so named for the gaping holes it has where the plates and […]
What’s more fun than blowing bubbles again and again — because they have a five-second lifespan? Wearing a cluster of bubbles around your neck that refuse to burst, that’s what. These bubbles are really glass spheres and the necklace is designed by Italian siblings Marina and Susanna Sent. They hail from Murano, a place renowned […]
The Paris-based Elemotions design studio is pretty small, but his 100 percent artisan products tend to activate big emotions. And hence his name. Its ever-evolving table e-Sputnik emerges as a clean crystal surface landing on three wooden legs, all departing from a solid spherical ball. Nothing else, nothing more. Very limited editions of the product have been produced and sold during the last two years, each one of them unique and with slight alterations from the previous one. Actually, Antonio Morales, the architect behind the firm, keeps on evolving its design, now exploring a completely foldable wood version of his most well-known table, which should be ready for Spring 2013.
Yikes. After chancing across a photo post on Facebook of a see-through glass eel, I just had to find out more about these utterly transparent creatures. According to an ex-curator of Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, this glassiness happens in the first two stages in the life cycle of your American Eel-next-door. In their second stage, they gain their adult shape and migrate to estuaries on the Atlantic coast. Only in the third stage do they gain both colour and size. National Geographic agrees.
In this post-twitter world where everything is just a reblog, a meme or a cute girl on a random Tumblr, photographer Marc Monplaisir takes pictures on wet glass plates. He had this time machine built and literally takes one hour to produce a pose. Magnificent!
This timeless series of bottles, designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1968, employs the ‘Incalmo’ technique, wherein two different types of glass, worked separately, are fused together to obtain, within a single object, separate areas differentiated by colors.