Monday, April 25, 2011

Heart of Glass

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.


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Wow, these pieces are gorgeous...pretty incredible. I can see why they caught your attention. Thanks for sharing.

sacramento said...

Wondeful pieces, and they have name in Spanish. Such a wise artist.

Anonymous said...

This work is exquisite! Louisville--where I come from--has a very reputable fine art glass community. I once toured a cooperative, and the glass-blowing was stunning. I would love to see this exhibit!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

How beautiful! What a lovely art form of which I know nothing about- thanks for sharing. I think I'll be paying more attention to Toots Zynsky.
the Citizen Rosebud

jill815 said...

Ladies, glad you enjoyed Toots' work. I had never seen it before so it was wonderful to discover it for the first time.