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GILES BETTISON - APRIL 1995

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    Posted 8 years ago

    vetraio50
    (704 items)

    I bought this vase at a flea market in Sydney a few years ago. The colours attracted me to it. When I picked it up I realised that it had been ground all over to give a matt finish. I used my loupe and saw that it was signed.

    Later on at home I read the signature of Giles Bettison and saw that it had the numbers 4 95 : I was to learn that the numbers meant April 1995. I had seen some exhibitions of Giles Bettison's work here in Sydney and knew that at that time he was working in New York to much acclaim.

    Richard Marquis and Dante Marioni visited Australia in 1994 and had greatly impressed the young Giles Bettison. Bettison had been making his own 'murrine' while doing his studies in Canberra.

    A similar vase is in the Powerhouse Museum here in Sydney marked 5 95. It and another had been bought by the Pilchuck Glass Company and were presented to the Museum in 1998; both vases were produced from the first 'Latitudes 1' workshop, Canberra School of Art in 1995.

    http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=161262#ixzz1lJuNJwdG

    The Powerhouse Museum notes: "Designed and made by Giles Bettison (b.1966). Following a visit to Australia by Marquis and Marioni in 1994, Bettison confirmed his commitment to glass and enrolled in the Canberra School of Art, graduating with First Class Honours in 1996. He started to experiment with making murrine vessels with canes from fused sheets of Bullseye glass, prompted by the opportunity of working as technical assistant for the 'Latitudes 1' workshops in 1995."

    "Here, made possible by the compatible glass developed by Bullseye , glassblowers worked alongside kilnworkers to combine their processes. this time he was researching the work of early modernist artists like Piet Mondrian and Josef Albers, and he became interested in Anni Albers's drawings and textile designs . He saw connections between his interests and the traditions of textiles and tried to capture the vitality and energy of, for example, the patterns, textures and cultural value of textiles from Africa and Asia."

    I think my vase is a great example of the influence of Anni Albers on the young Giles Bettison.
    H: 26 cm ( 10.2 ins)
    W: 9 cm ( 3.5 ins)

    Bettison talks about his techniques here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sZQqa_-Tss

    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks BELLIN68, Hedgewalker & wolcott1 too!
    2. AmberRose AmberRose, 8 years ago
      I am getting fire, patchwork quilt and Indian Corn all in one piece. Terrific find V.
      Look for the scariest find I have encountered. I will post her later this morning.
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Mant thanks PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, AmberRose y austrohungaro too!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Just got back from the collector's market. Marty gave me a Poole plate/bowl, I got a little Anzengrueber musician and an Alessi ice bucket to match another larger one I have. It's been a long morning. Marty got a really nice piece of glass. You?
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks BeauxPurdy!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      maybe tomorrow sean. a bit of home drama with the aged in laws!
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks ozmarty!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks rlwindle!
    9. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 7 years ago
      Splendid!
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks miKKo!
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks czechman!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      It was a seven dollar purchase, mate! I saved it. It was a very early example of his work. The whole surface has been carved back: that was the thing that got me when I felt it for the first time, you could feel the amount of care that he had put into the piece. Hours of work! Seven dollars! miKKo's comments got it started again.
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Ess-ee-vee-ee-enn! I'm not kidding! People die and their effects are left to people who don't know or don't care about them. In a way this site provides me with an opportunity to catalogue my collection, get comments and create a data base that will be left for the nephews. They are nice lads but they will need some help top sort through it all.
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks inky!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks pontillo200!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks Manikin!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks sarahoff !
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN68!
    19. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Your welcome Kevin :)
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks scottV!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      many thanks Belltown!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks MOON 'n GLUECHIP too!
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE !!!!!
    24. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Thanks, so stunning -- Sorry I missed this!!
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks COLORI !!!!!
    26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE !!!!!!
    27. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      What an incredible piece of glass, Vet! And it is very Mondrian. :)
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks KATHERINESCOLLECTIONS !!!!!!

      I really thought more Albers than Mondriaan .... but now you come to mention it I see what you mean . I should put it with the Kennemerland Pottery Mondriaan vase I have and take some photos. Thanks for your comments.
    29. Radegunder Radegunder, 4 years ago
      I'm attracted to the colours to!!!
    30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks RADEGRUNDER ..... In many ways they are the colours of the Australian wheat fields ..... Bettison mentions that he was impressed by the sight of the agricultural belt seen from his regular flights across the southern parts of Australia.
    31. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      I think it's spectacular. One of the best pieces I've seen on here. :)
    32. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
      i love it!!
    33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks RADEGRUNDER, KATHERINESCOLLECTIONS & HO2CULTCHA too !!!!!!
    34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      Many thanks AMATOORPICKR !!!!

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