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Toots Zynsky, Lucente, 2001, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Chazan

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Toots Zynsky

Lucente

Toots Zynsky
American, b. 1951
2001
Lucente
Fused glass rods (filet de verre)
26 x 46 x 28 cm (10 1/4 x 18 1/8 x 11 inches)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Chazan 2002.79

Toots Zynsky is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative figures in studio glass. Lucente is a vibrant example of her signature ‘filet de verre’ (net of glass) technique, in which she fuses thousands of intensely colored hair-thin threads of glass together on a flat surface and then allows them to slump into a bowl-shaped mold. The colors undulate and evoke feathers, flames, or woven textile designs. Zynsky’s glass-layering technique has a painterly quality unique for the medium. In Lucente, the exterior wash of green and yellow threads gives a misty appearance to the oranges and reds seen through it.


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