Artful Glass


I regret not taking a glass-blowing class in college. Admittedly I’m clumsy as an ox, and being in a room of molten glass and delicate finished pieces sounds like a recipe for disaster, but I do love the medium. Be it hefty and thick or impossibly thin and weightless, opaque like milkglass or completely transparent, there’s a beauty to its incongruities.

Instead though, I filled my time with plenty of art history classes. Those 101 auditorium slideshows came back to me as I started compiling some of my favorite glass pieces from around the web for this post. They seemed… familiar. Have a look:

Rothko’s White Center (Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose)

Sagaform’s glass globe tealight holders

Trio sugar and creamer set from Iittala

Madinat as-Salam I, by Frank Stella

Orion stacking bowls from Michael Kramer

Art influencing design? It wouldn’t be the first time.

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