Posted 8 years ago
It stands 4.75" tall, very heavy for its size. Marked Orient &Flume and cc 1984 F 11.
Signature and date cane ``OF 84``. (Date canes were used only in1983 and 1984).
The point of this post was ``how it’s made``. Amazing skill is explained with pictures taken elsewhere how canes are pulled. They were often incorporated into fine glass art millefiori paperweights. The last two pictures demonstrate the creation of this extraordinary piece of glass, sometimes described as paperweight/vase.
The millefiori technique (picture 4):
1. A glob of molten glass is placed into a mold
2. Attached to another glob
3. Glassblowers move away from each other and fused globs elongate
4. Still hot glass is pulled to form straight and thin cane
5. The utmost care is taken not to bend or break the cane, masters being several meters apart.
6. When the glass hardens it is cut in shorter segments
7. With a special device it is cut in thin discs, each being only a few millimeters thick and still maintaining the cross section's design
8. Cut canes
9. Glob of molten glass from the furnace is rotated and threads of glass applied to form hawthorn stems. (Although this technique was demonstrated by Bruce Sillars making a bigger vase, it is possible hawthorn stems are also made with pulled canes. See picture 3).
10. After being fired in the furnace, the glob is rolled over cane discs.
The vase is formed with repeated firing in the kiln until both threads and canes sink deep enough. Then, it is blown, cut from top, fire polished rim and broken off the pontil rod, polished base.
There is no doubt this is very high – end art glass with no additional décor needed (enameling and painting e.g. IMO glass is not a canvas). It is the art of glass in its pure form.
You will excuse me if I said something you already know.
Suggestions regarding terminology and dating Orient & Flume (cc 1984 F 11) are appreciated.
Thank you for looking.
Acknowledgment: Thank you, N.L.K.