This fanciful interpretation of the traditional court jesters “crown” in anything but! The delicacy of the body is in sharp contrast to the points of the crown. Yet the piece has an almost unexpectedly graceful balance.
This quite complex piece started with rods of glass “cane”. After cooling the cane is cut into slices called “murrini” or in this case, what the artist calls “ghost murrini”.
The base of the piece starts with a bubble of clear glass. The preheated murrini are picked up on a bubble of hot glass and formed into shape.
During the same session and double “incalmo” or hot joining of sections, was done between a green and a yellow layer and the four points of the crown were drawn out.
Next the base and the crown were also joined into a single incalmo pieee. Finally, the points of the crown were twisted and bent in the characteristic shape of the Court Jester’s crown.
Ben Tullman frequently uses striking colors and creative patterns in his fine art glass sculptures. Furthermore, he has mastered the creative and modern use of murrini and cane. Often, Tullman produces large scale glass sculptures made with exquisite patterns. However, Tullman’s glass artwork has a sense of whimsy that belies the complexity and control required.
Ben was featured at SOFA Chicago 2017.
American, b. 1988, Chicago, IL, based in Chicago, IL