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Art Glass15232 of 17587Light blue jade vase maker unknownDurand Applied Coil Vase  c. 1925
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Posted 5 years ago


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As I've mentioned on other posts I have been trying to pick up pieces of contemporary Australian glass. I was most pleased to get a vase by an Australian glass legend, and a biggie too at the Salvos across the way (three blocks from here) – so close that it’s not surprisingly a regular haunt; mind you, Vinnies is even closer! It really is a large vase and is really heavy. It is one of my favourite vases for a good bunch of flowers. I have met Brian Hirst on many an occasion. Besides his work as a glass artist here in Sydney he is also an avid collector of glass and I often find him at some markets I frequent early on Saturday mornings. His work is normally stamped within the pontil with his initials, much in the same way as a piece of ceramic might be stamped by a potter. But this piece has his signature and a date as well.
I spoke to him about it and he told me that he had made it as part of a small series for Space Furniture here in Sydney in 1999 – (just before the Olympic Games). It was blown by him and has gold within the glass metal itself (aventurine), but in addition he has laid multiple layers of gold leaf – that he sources from Japan – all over the outer surface of this huge vase.
H: 42 cm or 16"
W:35 cm or 14"

“Brian Hirst’s vessels are often made with reference to the degraded iridescent surfaces that characterise classical Roman glass. This work is a develop-ment of this theme and reflects a parallel interest in the subtleties of Japanese makie lacquer, through the fleeting appearance of flecked gold leaf in the vase’s inner surface, a form of decoration also seen in contemporary Japanese glass. Hirst’s articulation of gold and silver lustre surfaces and his use of the blue-green colour teal, in almost opaque glass, also alludes to the historical use of glass in jewellery, where its brilliance and fluidity were used to suggest the arcane and the exotic. Through his mastery of some of these more demanding techniques of glass, Hirst evokes its historical richness to underscore a contemporary language of form and colour.
(Makie is a Japanese lacquer decorating technique in which gold or other metallic powders are dusted onto the surface of wet lacquer.)

I love the fact that it is a great vase to display flowers. The proportions are right for a generous bouquet from the local florist or as a gift from friends on occasion. I've added a photos of a bouquet of hydrangea and peony from a friend Lois McM. Thanks Lo!

Brian Hirst is a genuinely nice man and his work can be really extraordinary. In 2008 he was added to the list of LIVING TREASURES: MASTERS OF AUSTRALIAN CRAFT.
Check out Brian’s site here:
His work can be found in major institutions here and around the word among them:
• National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
• Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA
• Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf, Germany
• Ebeltoft Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Sean B!
  2. Slave-to-glass Slave-to-glass, 5 years ago
    Loved the background story!
  3. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Very pretty. Oz has the best flowers too.
    You should get your friend to join our CW family. I am sure that he would enjoy our glass guys and we would have another expert on the panel : )
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Thanks scandinamie, slave to glass and to Amber too! It looks like Debby has decided not to do Dallas! Hope you are all well in Florida!
  5. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Should be the last day of rain here. Good laugh at the Dallas joke. We have been working hard to have fun. It is hard when you have the axe of Disney hanging over your neck. Nothing is as fun as the idea of that to a six and eight year old.
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    How long have you got there? Having taught both primary and high school kids I know how hard it can be to keep them interested under these circumstances. You need the patience of Job when you just feel like Noah!
  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Splendid vase, flowers, and account! Masterly and charming account! Bravo!
    Did you grow these peonies and hydrangeas?

    AmberRose, I feel for you, but I know that you will carry this off and make it a trip to remember!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks, MiKko! No garden at all, MKKC11! Just the balcony ad agreat florist down the road.
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks kerry10456!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Budek!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Marc!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN!
  13. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks SEAN 'n HO2CULTCHA too!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks ANTIQUEROSE!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks AIMATHENA!

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