Opaque Counterpoint
Artist ELLIOT, Kathy
Birth 1964, Australia
Artist EDOLS, Ben
Birth 1967, Australia
   
Title Murrini Vase
Date 1994
Place Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Medium free-blown murrini glass, stone wheel cut surface
Dims 21.8 x 13.1 x 10.5cm
Collection Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery Purchased 1994
AccNo 1994. 036
 

These Sydney artists, influenced by Venetian modernist glass, work collaboratively on their vessel forms. Benjamin Edols is the glassblower, while Kathy Elliott is responsible for the cutting and grinding.

Together they use processes associated with the Venetian tradition: virtuoso glassblowing, fine cutting and grinding, and a style of mosaic decoration called murrini, a term that is thought to derive from the colourful murrhine bowls of classical legend.

Edols' and Elliott's glass is restrained in form, but is enlivened by a distinctive pastel palette and mosaic decoration. Mosaic imagery requires consummate skill in the manipulation of tiny sections of coloured glass that are gathered up and dilated on the hot glass bubble (the paraison) in the blowing process.

 

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