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    Fronding Vase,  HALL, Fiona; 1999
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Artist HALL, Fiona
Birth 1953, Australia
Title Fronding Vase
Date 1999
Place Canberra Australian Capital Territory
Medium hand-blown glass by Tom Moore, etched
Dims 28.0 x 15.5 x 15.5cm
Collection Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery
AccNo 1999.005

A sculptor and installation artist, Fiona Hall explores issues related to social and economic history, botany and the environment. This vase alludes to the artist's courtyard of palms and ferns at the National Gallery of Australia.

Blown and decorated by master-craftsmen at the Canberra School of Art to Hall's specifications, and produced in a limited edition, the Fronding vase is decorated with a frieze of native fern motifs.

The art of engraving is as ancient as glassmaking. There are two basic methods of engraving glass. A design can be incised by hand on the surface of the glass with a sharp implement such as a diamond tip engraver. Alternatively, the engraver cuts a design with a lathe, pressing the glass against a rotating metal wheel fed with an abrasive