Posted 7 years ago
One of my few Australian glass artist pieces, this object is by Don Wreford, now retired, but a long standing glass artist here.
Don was born in England and attended The Hornsea College of Art, London, where he completed 4 years of full time studies in
fine art, painting and sculpture.
After moving to Australia around 1977 he was introduced to hot glass work and started working at the Jam Factory in Adelaide under Stanislav Mellis in 1978.
The Jam Factory was (and still is) a co-operative studio that allows artists to learn and develop their artistic skills. It has been the nurturing ground for many Australian glass artists.
Don was one of Australia's earliest art glass workers, and set up his own studio in 1988 producing a wide range of commission and one off works until his retirement from blowing in around 2005. His studio still continues under his management.
This piece is really interesting, and as it is dated 1988 it is an early work from his own studio.
It is a hollow sphere in multiple layers.
The first layer is white glass with a stream of brown and green and blue through it.
Then there is a thick layer of clear, followed by another clear layer with black spirals through it.
A final layer of clear completes the glass.
The sphere has had two flats ground on it, one as a base, and the other at an angle.
The angled flat breaks through to the hollow centre, but more importantly allows you to see through the layers.
Incredibly complicated and well made, it is a rare and unusual piece.
I'm sorry you can't hold it and look at it properly!
Signed to the base: Don Wreford 1988
Diameter: 10cm (4in)