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    Posted 2 years ago

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    This piece is actually by FTG, Fukuoka Tokoshu Garasu, before they named themselves Multi Glass. So maybe 1960s?
    It's a cute piece, a lovely little penguin sitting on an iceberg. The penguin is made from blue and purple glass covered with the shaped clear outer.
    She is sitting on a ball of clear glass that has been roughly ground with facets, as rough ice would be. Inside the clear ball is yellow glass with a fine layer of brown then a fine layer of green. The clear case has a layer of controlled bubbles close to the coloured centre.
    So much work in the base considering the ground outer obscures most views of the beautiful interior.
    The base has a hole in it from where it was blown as a ball. The hole is effectively useless I think, too small for a pen, unsuitable for foliage. Any other ideas?
    The whole measures 19cm and is weighty.

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    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      Regarding the hole: is that it at the area of the penguin’s “feet”? If so, perhaps it’s a hole in the ice for the penquin’s foray into the deep in search of fish to eat.
    2. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Amazing penguin on iceberg piece I just love it!! Besides the gorgeous frosted yellow base, I totally adore that magnificent swirl colored penguin what a beauty
    3. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      I think Patricia has the right idea!
      This is a wonderful piece Karen, the penguin is beautiful...sleek!
    4. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 2 years ago
      A wonderful penguin! She's so sleek- her shape is really sweet, plump and realistic looking(I can see her waddling around on the ice!) I also think, like Watchsearcher that the hole is a decoration too- how else is she supposed to look under the ice and check for the fish? Or Orca whales?! :)
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Love this. Note that the penguin is staring up, so will be looking at anything placed in the hole. What if the hole is meant to hold a single small flower and the penguin is staring up in wonder/confusion about something so out of place for a bird that lives in icy surroundings? Assuming the hole is deep enough to support the stem of a small flower.
    6. inky inky, 2 years ago!!!...
    7. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      Penguin says thanks everyone! She is considering all ideas for the iceberg hole.
      CW is so good,charming people giving delightful responses. Thanks all:
      Watchsearcher (Patricia?)
      Kevin and
    8. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      I think the hole is meant to be seen. The bubbles getting smaller toward the bottom of the hole gives the illusion of depth, like finally reaching the water at the bottom of the ice.

      I think it’s mannerism of penguins to point their beaks skyward.
    9. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      racer4four, Yes, Patricia. :^)
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      BEAUTIFUL piece! I love penguins and this is fantastic!!
    11. apostata apostata, 1 year ago
      nice mix sommerso, and a strange strange way to make a sort of battuto i like it
    12. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      Scoot, thanks so much for commenting and loving my penguin.

      Apostata it's a well made piece, some nice technique in it. FTG have a long history of great glass makers. Nice comment, thanks.

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