Posted 2 years ago
This piece is a fine illustration of the idea of ugly beauty. I do have a taste for the grotesque & bizarre in glass, & thus, this vase satisfies my somewhat perverse appetite to perfection. Those funky, fungal, dripping pustules look menacingly ready to burst out of that crackled, rainbow skin.
It measures a modest 16 cm tall, but it has a presence far beyond its small stature.
Made from what looks like about three or four layers of glass, it contains uranium & glows eerily just like alien life forms are supposed to do. It really does look like something out of a Tim Burton movie (Mars Attacks is just about my all time favourite).
A Kralik "humpen" vase from the Art Nouveau era.
(I have another "humpen" in ruby crackle so viciously sharp that one could injure oneself on it - something tells me this design was intended to appeal to folks with a dark sense of humour).