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Mount St. Helens Eruption in Art Glass

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    Posted 3 years ago

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    When Mt St Helens erupted in 1980, much death and destruction fell upon the Pacific Northwest. Who would have guessed that beauty could come from such devastation? Hank Claycamp, now retired, saw the volcanic ash, and also saw the possibilities. He worked out a formula to include the ash, which is 64 percent silica, into blown glass art.

    This minute vase stands 4.5" tall and is about 2.5" in diameter. It features pulled feathers of pink and silver glass through a clear base glass. The surface has a colorful metallic oxide iridescence. The lip is polished and around the pontil mark, the signature reads "MSH ASH Vines 87" signifying that it was made by artist Roger Vines in 1987. I was pleasantly surprised to find this on the shelf of a local flea market for a reasonable price. I like it because my daughter recently earned her Masters of Science degree in Geology, specializing in volcanology. She thinks it is pretty cool too!


    1. Ivonne Ivonne, 3 years ago
      Interesting post,Thanks!
    2. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Thanks for visiting Ivonne - Best regards, Bob
    3. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Appreciate your visit Pat!
    4. MALKEY MALKEY, 3 years ago
      the story behind the glass so interesting & the feathering on the wee cute vase beautiful thanks for sharing Bob
    5. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      You're welcome Malkey - I always enjoy your posts too!
    6. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      :-) sklo :-) aura :-) Thanks folks!
    7. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Thank you for looking in vetraio, Manikin, Sean, blunderbuss & swfinluv :-) Bob

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