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Copper and Glass: Mixed Media Vessels

According to Wikipedia,
  • "Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed."
  • "Mixed media tends to refer to a work of visual art that combines various traditionally distinct visual art media."
  • "Often, found objects are used in conjunction with traditional artist media..."
To me, mixed media represents the mastery (or at least control) over more than one medium.
 
In the context of this copper and glass web page and art, the successful mixed media artwork demonstrates that the artist understands the properties of both materials and how to manipulate them both to create art.

 
I asked Domenico Cavallaro what is the Italian term that the glassblowers on Murano use for "cage pieces",
and he told me "Palloncino Veneziana" which literally translates as "Venetian Balloon" which makes sense to me --
the glass bubble inflates just like a balloon (until constrained by the metal, at which point it pops through any openings)!

 

If you know of other copper-and-glass art which should be added to this web page
please email gaffer@glassblower.info the link(s) and/or photo(s)


 
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Glassblower.info - Josh Simpson Copper Basket Josh Simpson Copper Basket 2006
available for purchase here.
 
Josh made this in the Czech Republic during his teaching and student tour!
 
Signed: Simpson
Dimensions: 6.5x6.5x2.75"h
$1,800.00
Glassblower.info - Josh Simpson Copper Basket Josh Simpson Copper Basket
available for purchase here.
 
Welded copper wire basket with blown glass interior.
 
Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.75 x 5.25"
Signed: Simpson 16.2008
$3,500.00
Glassblower.info - Josh Simpson Copper Basket Josh Simpson Copper Basket
available for purchase here.
 
Welded copper wire basket with blown glass interior.
 
Signed: Simpson
Serial number: 7.2008
Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 8"H
$8,500.00
Glassblower.info - Rebecca Zhukov Providence Art Glass Copper and Ruby Red Vase Rebecca Zhukov Providence Art Glass Copper and Ruby Red Vase/Vessel
available for purchase here
and you can also visit www.ProvidenceArtGlass.com
 
This is a translucent ruby red vessel blown into a copper sleeve creating a "corset" effect by puffing out the top of the vase once the copper has been attached. The glass creates "windows" through each hand cut negative space in the copper sleeve. These are really fun to make and quite exciting as there is only one shot to fuse the two during the glass blowing process. Once the vessel and copper come out of the kiln the next day, I address the surface of the copper with a wire brush to bring out it's texture and reaction to the fire while being formed. The texture of the copper takes on a very "leathery" look.
 
This vase measures 7.25 x 4 x 4 inches.
 
This piece makes a wonderful vase, candle holder or just decorative accent.
 
This work is a collaborative series I have been working on with artist and tinsmith, Aaron Keel. Aaron and I have combined our creative juices in this new series. All the copper work is hand forged with intricate cut patterns and copper weaving. Even the copper rivets are hand cut and pounded using copper wire!
 
Once the copper form is complete, we blow our glass forms into the mold so that they adhere or "fuse" together to become one. Part of the allure is watching the molten glass at 2100 degrees grow through the negative space of the mold, illustrating the wonderful properties of hot glass!
 
They are all one-of-a-kind. We are proud to present this new and unusual line of vases, gothic mugs, lamps, and porch lanterns.
 
$160.00
Glassblower.info - Tony Patti - Glass blown inside Hand-Knotted Copper Wire Cage Tony Patti blew glass inside a hand-knotted copper wire cage.
(took approximately five hours to create the cage)
 
Dimensions: 8" tall (including base) x 5.5" wide
 
For those who might like to try something similar,
this is 18 gauge braided copper wire.
Available from electrical supply sources as
"Grounding Wire, Bare Copper, Soft Draw, 18/1"
Glassblower.info - Tony Patti - Glass blown inside Paula Patti Knitted Copper Wire Cage Tony Patti blew glass inside a knitted copper wire cage, made by his wife.
(took approximately many hours to knit the cage)
 
Dimensions: 6.25" tall (including base) x 5.5" wide
 
Here is the inside of the piece:
 
Glassblower.info - Tony Patti - Glass blown inside found object electrical strain relief grip Tony Patti blew glass inside found object
electrical cable strain relief grips.
 
See close-up below:
 
Glassblower.info - Tony Patti - Glass blown inside found object electrical strain relief grip (close-up)
 
Dimensions: 12" tall (including base) x 4" wide (at base)
 
Oops, I just remembered, this is steel wire, not copper wire...
Glassblower.info - Tony Patti - Glass blown inside found object electrical strain relief grip Tony Patti blew glass inside found object
electrical cable strain relief grips.
 
Dimensions: 7.5" tall (including base) x 5" wide
 
Oops, I just remembered, this is steel wire, not copper wire...
Glassblower.info - Tony Patti - Cage Glass Piece - Lots of Triangles! (front view)
 
Glassblower.info - Tony Patti - Cage Glass Piece - Lots of Triangles! (inside view)
Tony Patti - Lots of Triangles!
Glass blown inside of braided copper wire cage.
Dimensions: 7.25" tall (including base) x 6.25" wide
Glassblower.info - Tony Patti - Cage Glass Piece - Green (front view) Tony Patti - Green Cage Piece - Circles and Squares
Weight: 4.8 Pounds Dimensions: 7" tall (including base) x 6.5" wide


 
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