Saturday, February 21, 2015

glass egos

Thought behind the thought: 
Last month I got a surprise rare chance, to meet and briefly work with an eminent, well known and respected personality from my field. Personally I looked up to this person as one of my inspirations and as a role model as a human being. As I interacted with this person on a project, I soon realised that in fact, in spite of his stature, this person was highly insecure! A mammoth ego just makes it difficult for anyone to navigate around you. It actually hinders you from getting the respect you deserves. Ego makes you petty, isolated and distant. In any field the people who garner respect are the ones who give it. Humility is something that instantly makes the person approachable and agreeable. Keeping time, returning calls and common courtesy are not difficult things to practice, especially with juniors and subordinates that look up to you as a role model .Yet in some cases ego is a blinder that simply does not permit you to reason.

About the Art:
One can draw so many parallels between blown egos and blown glass. Both happen in highly volatile environments. In each case the individual is the one controlling the outcome of the situation. Both are tricky delicate and intense situations that can lead to a potential disaster. Yet the one thing that sets these two processes miles apart from each other is that ego boosting is a destructive and negative exercise while glassblowing is a highly specialized, intricate, creative and constructive one. 

The Seattle artist's pieces inspired by tree leaves, using reticello technique (glass "canework" in a basketlike weave), are lively and fascinating.

Beautiful vessel forms that have his very own signature style. Contemporary yet inspired from classical forms.

Bright, radiant colours with intricate detailing and textural quality are a part of his unique style.

Video link below shows how this wonderful acorn is made .

One such prolific glassblower is Dante Marioni. Dante Marioni’s has been described as someone who has created a niche for himself, international recognition and acclaim for his elegant and inventive work in glass. His signature style is that of pure of classical forms executed in glass by an American glassblower. His inspiration is the classical Greek and Etruscan forms and a reflection of the rich history of classical Mediterranean pottery and bronzes can be seen in his work. He has strong roots in the glass tradition which is no surprise being the son of glass pioneer Paul Marioni. He was taught traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques from some of the greatest masters in contemporary glass world. In a review on ARTnews Richard Speer explains how the process of glassblowing is a subjective one. “For artists who work in glass, divergences between the techniques and temperaments required for blowing, fusing, and kilncasting can be as wide as the divides between drawing, painting, and sculpture. While blowing is a ruggedly physical and time-limited pursuit in which split-second decisions radically affect outcomes, coldworking generally affords a more deliberative approach.



  1. Incredible analogy!! Excellent one ladies!!

    When both - ego and the glass- fall, we find ourselves in the fragments.

  2. Incredible analogy!! Excellent one ladies!!

    When both - ego and the glass- fall, we find ourselves in the fragments.