(American, b. 1957)
Mold blown glass
Overall: 121.5 x 35.5 x 23 cm (47 13/16 x 14 x 9 1/16 in.)
Gift of Francine and Benson Pilloff 2005.185
William Morris began his career as part of Dale Chihuly's artistic team but soon began to make work of his own. This example from an early series still shows an empahsis on color, yet reveals a new disciplined form. Morris set up pieces of wood as a mold to contain the molten glass he would blow into the cavity. The hot glass then took the shape and texture of the scorched wood inside. In the 1980s artists such as Brent Kee Young and William Morris redefined the kind of imagery found on the surface of glass objects. Young embedded flame-worked fossil images into a layer of a specially formulated copper glass that when encased, created a sense of depth in his surfaces. Morris began rolling up images drawn in glass powder that fused into the surfaces of his work, creating designs reminiscent of ancient cave paintings.
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