Maker :: Mark Rosenbaum at Rosetree Glass Studio
7", 9", and 10" tall
Maker :: Rosetree Glass Studio
An elegant statement on dining table or mantle… an appreciated hand made gift for weddings, anniversaries, and similar special occasions. Shown in Mardi Gras iridescent. Blown glass with a Pyrex candle cup so the candle can burn all the way down.
It is through over 40 years of working with glass that I have gained an understanding of the dialogue that is established between artist and material. A lapse of concentration can ruin a piece, but a controlled flick of the wrist or light breath through the blowpipe can give the piece a subtle curve or movement that makes the piece extraordinary. It is this controlled spontaneity that makes glass so magical. I know that the weight from the additional glass bits on the side of the piece will stretch the form. But by using centrifugal force and holding the piece at the correct angle and speed, I can create a composition with the glass that allows both the glass and artist some influence on the final piece. Glassblowing is much akin to a dance, the artist moves with respect and knowledge of the partner. Each has an important contribution to the final piece, but only one will lead-the artist. The dance, when completed, yields an object that was only conceived in ones imagination or on paper, a tangible work as a result of collaboration between artist and material.
Using traditional glassblowing techniques dating back two millennia, I shape and blow molten glass to my desired form using only a blowpipe and hand tools. No molds are used, so each piece is unique. All of the colors come from the addition of colored glass chips or powders that are either layered between glass or heated on the surface. Because glassblowing is a team-oriented art form, assistants are used throughout the process to help add color, to help lift the larger pieces, to add air to the piece, and to generally do what they are supposed to do-assist in the making of the work. ~ Mark Rosenbaum