Toots Zynsky (American, b. 1951). Incantatrice (Sorceress). United States, Providence, Rhode Island, 2007. Fused and thermo-formed glass threads.
I don't know about you, but I can't resist somebody named Toots Zynsky, and that's before I learn that she is an amazing American glass artist who studied in the 1970s with the renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Her real first name is Mary Ann, but I love that she goes by Toots. She has a mini-exhibit within the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, called Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky, which I saw last week.
Pajaritos en la cabeza (Little birds in the head) and Cabellos de angel (Angel hair). The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 1988. Fused and thermo-formed glass threads.
These particular pieces are made of fused and thermo-formed glass threads. They are bold and startling when first encountered, awe-inspiring when you get closer and see the individual glass threads.
Look at those colors!
Look at those glass threads!
I found this quote from Ms. Zynsky interesting, and applicable to more than just glass sculptures:
"Lots of things happen while blowing glass," Zynsky explains. "Sometimes a shape goes completely wrong because I lose my hold on it. This led me to realize that I could do other things to form glass in the kiln, turn it upside down, squeeze it, pull it, and yank it. If I had my way, I'd like to push every piece I make until it breaks, because then I've learned everything about it that I can."
Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky is on view until January 29, 2012.