| || ||Opaque Counterpoint|
|Artist|| ||ELLIOT, Kathy|
|Birth|| ||1964, Australia|
|Artist|| ||EDOLS, Ben|
|Birth|| ||1967, Australia|
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|Title|| ||Murrini Vase|
|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.