The patterns created by the triangular murrini are both geometric and organic. This contributes to the dazzling projections of light through the piece.
The simplicity of the “egg” form might be one reason we don’t see it often in glass artwork. However, once Ben Tullman scales it up to a foot high and renders it with this amazing pattern there is nothing simple about it! The patterns created by the triangular murrini in Ice Dragon Egg are both geometric and organic. As with many pieces in this Calcedonia Projections series, the large amount of transparent glass is offset interesting bands of nearly opaque calcedonia glass. This is what creates the interesting projections of light through the piece.
Because this is a large and heavy piece, weighing in at almost 20 pounds, it is not a paperweight! Unlike most of our other stone-form pieces, it is actually hollow – otherwise it would weigh in at about 80 pounds!
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