This Blue and White Sailform Vase glass sculpture is part of a new series of more affordable works. Dan’s desire to bring high quality unique pieces to buyers at a lower price point really drove his inspiration. Using this technique he is able to create interesting patterns without the additional expense of using murrini.
Dan creates the patterns in many of his pieces by using murrini. First, he makes glass canes with an eye to the patterns within. Then he cuts the cane horizontally and make the slices called murrini. Many great glass artists worldwide use this technique. However, it adds difficulty and expense to the production of the piece. So, this feathering technique is a clever way of adding visual interest in simple way.
Of course, pieces like the Blue and White Sailform Vase are all purely hotblown. This means there is no opportunity to “fix” a piece or add interest to it later with cold work or other treatments. This requires the artist to work out the techniques they plan to use in advance, plan the piece(s) and make them all in one go.
Dan has traveled the world working with many internationally known glass artists. He has studied with Elio Quariso, Martin Janecky, Dante Marioni, James Mongrain and Davide Fuin. In fact, he spent several months working with Davide Salvadore in his private studio in Murano, Italy. These experiences have given Dan the tools needed to create some of the most beautiful glass to be found anywhere!
Dan was featured at SOFA Chicago 2017 and 2018.
American, b. 1985, , IL, based in St Louis, MO
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