Silver Carp Graal Vase, Johnathan Harris, 2015


JONATHAN HARRIS (ENGLISH, B. 1945) MAJESTIC CARP SILVER-FOIL GRAAL STUDIO ART GLASS VASE, sterling-silver foil creating a design of four carp swimming amongst seaweed with variegated swirls and overall mica decoration behind, all above an amethyst ground, signed to the underside “Jonathan Harris Ironbridge England 2014″, polished base. Jonathan Harris Art Glass, Ironbridge, England. Dated 2014. 9” H.

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Highly skilled and unique art glass pieces. An ancient technique, The Holy Grail of glassmaking, extremely challenging and difficult to perfect but Jonathan & his artisan glassmakers have achieved spectacular results. Each piece is unique. The Gräal technique lends itself to my fascination with blending hot studio techniques with carving and engraving surface layers. The fluid hot glass threatens to take control of my drawn imagery with every warm-in. The challenge is to coax the glass into shape, allowing the temperature of the newly gathered layers to fuse and encapsulate the form before losing control. These pieces seem to become more than the sum of their parts once the final layers are in place.