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david walters: glass vessels

These stunning vessels are the work of glass artist David Walters. A RISD graduate with a printmaking background, Walters is best known for the detailed, narrative drawings he paints on his blown glass vessels. He often paints characters from fairy tales, adding references to his own personal history – the results are unique and powerful, sometimes dark and edgy.

Shed A Tear For Alice, 3ft x 1ft, blown and hand painted glass
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Hansel and Gretel, 3ft x 1ft, blown and hand painted glass
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Calami-Tea or Love Me, Hate Me, 37 x 9 x 10″

Look No Strings, 14 x 17 x 7″

As he learned his craft, Walters was a gaffer for Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra. Working with Tagliapietra for more than 16 years, he credits the glass master with being a key inspiration in his development as a glass artist.

Craf-Tea Little Alice I, 29 X 11″, blown and enameled glass
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More at Traver Gallery and Schantz Galleries.

Read a Robin Rice essay about Walters here.

battista’s sideshow reminds us that we are all living curiosities

Carrie Battista’s glass circus tents represent the sideshow performers that she feels most connected to as a glass artist who is often observed while she manipulates the hot, molten medium.

 

The Elephant Tent, blown glass, verre eglomise
16” x 11” x 11”

The Elephant Tent, back

Battista gilds the interior wall of the glass tents with precious metal leaf and scratches drawings into the surface. Each tent also houses a mirror that distorts the viewer’s image. Spectacular.

The Itty Bitty Lady Tent, blown glass, verre eglomise
12” x 8” x 8”

The Itty Bitty Lady Tent, back

“Traveling sideshows have always fascinated me. I feel that living the artist’s lifestyle parallels that of the performers on display – alienated, nomadic and continually on exhibit. I frequently find myself being the subject of observation as I make my work. With the hot shop as my stage I am forced into the role of the performer, leaving me feeling self-conscious and exposed.” Carrie Battista

Come and See!, blown glass, 22k gold, paint, fabric
18″ x 12″ x 12″

Come and See Too!, blown glass, 22k  gold, paint, fabric
24″ x 12″ x 12″

Come and See Too! detail

“My intention is for viewers to see themselves inside the tents and realize that we are all living curiosities.” Carrie Battista

See the entire circus series here and her bio here

meet linda behar and linda behar

After I posted Cayce Zavaglia’s embroidered portraits last week I found Linda Behar’s miniature textile art and knew I wanted to share it with you. Then the fun began.  As I was researching Linda Behar, textile artist, I discovered Linda Behar, glass artist.  Both artists create compelling work worthy of your attention.

 

Linda Behar, textile artist

Combining photography skills with her love of textile art, Behar first prints a photograph onto cotton broadcloth and then stitches the image with colored threads.

Autumn Leaves I

Each piece of art is no larger than the 4″ x 6″ photograph it represents and includes images of the salt marshes she is drawn to; her favorite time of year and cultural glimpses from her travels.

A Linda Behar original – at first glance it looks like she is holding a photograph.

Salt Marsh II, 3 7/8″ x 5 3/4″, Cotton Embroidery

 

“Since 1993 I have been taking photographs and then rendering them in embroidery. My pieces are small – often about 4” x 6”, a size and format that echoes the photos on which they are based. I build the image stitch by stitch, criss-crossing and overlapping thousands of flecks of color. My colored stitches, laid side by side or atop one another, are like the dabs of paint of Monet or Seurat – pointillistic color mixing. But the Impressionists wanted to portray a fleeting moment in time, whereas I want to convey a sense of timelessness.” Linda Behar

See the full portfolio on her website and her Flickr site.
More on the Mobilia Gallery website.

Linda Behar, glass artist

Trained as a civil engineer, the Venezuela native always wanted to be an artist. Eventually she switched careers, studying photography, blacksmithing and metal casting before finding her niche – glass.

From the series “Houses With Soul”
Tree House, pate de verre, mixed media

Behar studied at Pilchuk Glass School and the Penland School of Crafts to learn the glass casting and pate de verre techniques that dominate her work today. All of her previous training – in school and life – show up in her glass and mixed media art.

From the series “Two To Make A Home”
Leaf + Flower, cast glass, 20”x12”x12”

From the series “Houses With Soul”
Nest House, pate de verre, mixed media

“Considering that art is somehow a reflection of our society, I feel that my main objective as an artist is to create pieces that communicate a positive message. My work emphasizes that even in this troubled world, life is still full of meaningful things and joy. I want to show the precious and the beauty of our existence, contradicting some of the actual tendencies of the contemporary visual field.” Linda Behar

See Behar’s work from 1998-2009 on her website.

More current work here.

Two artists, two talented individuals, two voices, two mediums, one name.  Time for a collaboration?  Linda Behar, meet Linda Behar.

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