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Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka: Sea Creature Glass Models

Posted in antiques, glass, photography, sea with tags , , , , on April 27, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka were a German father and son glass sculpting team who created stunning, detailed biological models in the 1800’s.


As a child, Leopold was a apprenticed to a goldsmith and gem cutter. He then gained experience in the family business making glass ornaments and glass eyes, during which time he developed a technique which he termed “glass-spinning” (allowing highly precise works in glass).


His son Rudolph assisted him in making 131 marine invertebrate models in a single year (circa 1880), and after a great deal of effort and prodding by proprietor George Lincoln Goodale, their work ended up in the Harvard Botanical museum.

I wonder how many of these beauties are surviving today. These photos are taken from Guido Mofacio’s photography exhibit, on display at Hamilton’s Gallery until May 24th, 2016.


Kiva Ford

Posted in anatomy, craft, glass, science, sculpture with tags , , , , on February 20, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Kiva Ford has a degree in Scientific glassblowing. His work with intricate scientific instruments evolved into gorgeous creative sculpture.



Clearly, he’s influenced by scientific subject matter, but brings skillful artistic sensibilities to each piece.

While some creations are purely decorative, others are gorgeous functional glassware (though I’d be terrified to drop them!)



Kiva Ford

Lino Tagliapietra

Posted in glass, sculpture with tags , on January 24, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Italian sculptor Lino Tagliapietra began his career working in the island of Murano’s glass furnaces and factories.


After many notable commercial artistic endeavors he began an independent sculpting career in 1990, and is now one of the most accomplished glass blowers in the world.


His pieces are complex and multi-layered, often containing a depth and sense of movement that are almost…organic.


Lino Tagliapietra

Liquid Light Glass

Posted in glass, sculpture with tags , on September 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Liquid Light Glass is the work of artist Elodie Holmes. After initially working with ceramics, she discovered her passion for glass work.


My favorite section on the site, and there’s a lot to look at, is Auroras (example above).


Each piece is so graceful and complex, yet somehow cohesive in its unconventional form. It’s like watching a dance, a light show…or a conversation on some alien language.

Liquid Light Glass

Art Donovan Lamps

Posted in craft, glass, home, lighting, sculpture, steampunk with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Donovan Design has come out with a series of wonderful steampunk lamps. As many of you know, I am loathe to use the term steampunk, but will always give credit where credit is due in terms of fine craftsmanship.


I can’t help liking certain aesthetics of the subculture I can’t entirely get behind. Story of my life, as a kaleidoscope of selected subcultural pieces!


I wouldn’t mind a few of these beauties gracing my home in various places (“wouldn’t mind” is quite an extreme understatement).



Donovan Design

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Xia Xiao Wan

Posted in art, glass, installations, sculpture with tags , , , on May 10, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

At first glance, I thought these images were sculptures.

Xia Xiao Wan constructs 3D images with the use of multiple flat glass panes. Inspired by X-ray technology, he uses pencil and glass paint to create this amazing effect.

Some of this work reminds me of the nightmarish sliced horse in the movie The Cell.

More Here

Heart Vase

Posted in anatomy, glass, sculpture with tags , , on May 31, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

Metaphorical sculptures don’t always come cheap these days. I love the concept and design of this heart of glass, but can’t afford it (even if a portion of the proceeds do go to the American Heart Foundation).


…and I can never hear the term “heart of glass” in any context without thinking of the Blondie song.

Seen on Street Anatomy

Aleksandra Stratimirovic

Posted in glass, installations with tags , on April 23, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve often wondered about the types of art one could make with surplus medical supplies. Alexsandra Stratimirovic had the ingenious idea of using glass, liquid and light to create an image.


Sunny Day is an installation made of 4464 small medical glass vials filled with different colored liquids, in a sterile laboratory framework with a fluorescent backlight.


When taking a couple of steps back the vivid image of a girl appears, standing at a lakeside, with summery blue sky above.


Brilliant! I’m curious as to how the natural properties of the medium would cause the image to change over time. In 50 years, what colors would shine through the glass? How would the liquid levels be affected?

Artist site.

Fabio Fornasier

Posted in glass, home, lighting with tags , , on March 25, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

Fabio Fornasier makes unique and exquisite chandeliers out of hand blown glass.


Each one is a different color and shape. They almost resemble swans in the throes of ecstasy…


Or deep sea creatures…


See more here.

Etched Bottles Left by “Mystery Artist”

Posted in art, craft, glass with tags , , on September 24, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Reading the news is never a pleasant experience these days, and I tend to dislike the “human interest” stories designed to be uplifting. But this story made my day.

A mystery artist has been taking empty milk bottles from the doorsteps of suburbia and returning them with elaborate glass etchings. The bottles clearly take time and effort, and idea that someone is willing to leave them anonymously gives me some hope for the beautiful gestures of which mankind is capable.

Of course, the response of one recipient shot that hope down instantly:

“Who knows, it might be worth something one day.”


Still, I’ve left anonymous little gifts for people to find, Amelie style, and I just may do it again.