The Art of Glass

13.11.09


If you have ever been fortunate enough to wander the streets of Venezia aimlessly, you'll understand how easy it is to fall in love with all things from blown glass. Rows and rows of little glass shops, with everything from vessels to pendants. Rich in colour and depth and with a captivating reflective nature. Each piece unique, and made by hand, there will certainly be one (or many) that call to you. The art of glass blowing actually dates back to as early as 50 B.C. and over the years the technique has spread around the world.
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The artist's work featured here is Sam Stang. Mr Stang is the owner of a wonderful glass boutique called Augusta Glass Studio (in Augusta Missouri) His work is brilliant, and he uses colour and shape in the most beautiful pairings. He uses traditional European glass blowing techniques and often requires a team of 2 or 3 to complete a piece. It's worth a visit to his website, especially if you are in the Augusta area. He is having a sale on the first 2 weekends of December, AND there will be a Demo... Ahhh.. just like they do in Murano.
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The complicated process in which colour is added in these striking patterns is called Murrine. It makes for a very exciting piece of art that is one of a kind and will be cherished for years.
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Hand blown Glass objects are to be treasured and handed down for future generations to admire. The limitless colour options, striking patterns, and incredible shape will add a sophisticated element of design to any interior.

All photos taken from the Sam Stang Augusta Glass Studio.

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