'Radio Light' by Paul Seide - Toledo Museum of Art

The World of Studio Glass

For as long as people have been accessorising their homes, art glass has played a major role in adding to the beauty of a space. The glass art movement has been alive and well for many millenia now, and many of the methods used to create delicate looking sculptures are still used today. There is […]

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cube glass sculpture

Optic Glass Sculptures by Jack Storms

Sometimes, a glass artist comes along who breaks all the rules, and grinds out their own path. One such artist is Jack Storms, who has become master of an achingly laborious glass-making process that combines lead crystal with dichroic glass. This physically demanding cold-glass process can take around 18 weeks of work to produce a […]

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The Art of Glass Blowing in Murano

The term “Murano glass”, widely used to describe the colourful, intricate pieces that flow out of Italy into the eager hands of collectors even today, does not refer to a specific glass manufacturer; instead, this label is born of location. The Murano islands, a small cluster of land masses that dot the turquoise waters of […]

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coloured glass ornaments

Metals Used To Create Coloured Glass Ornaments

Coloured glass ornaments are created using a variety of metal oxides. For those with ‘boffin leanings’ here are some of the metals that are used to create colourful art glass. Cadmium Sulfide Cadmium sulfide is used in the making of coloured glass to turn the glass into a beautiful shade of yellow. Gold Chloride Gold […]

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glory hole

How is Glass made?

Glass is a bit of a conundrum… It is made with sand and yet is opaque It is strong and durable yet smashes easily It behaves like a solid but is actually a liquid.   Glass is made from liquid sand and will always remain a (n extremely thick) liquid. That is why antique window […]

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Sarah Hall Lux Nova wind tower

Canadian Art Glass Artist: Sarah Hall

The Modern Masterpieces of Sarah Hall: Art Glass For the Planet There is no doubt that Sarah Hall’s work holds its own against the best of Canadian art glass; from the shimmering, twisting blues of her panels at B.C.’s Regent College, to the vivid golden-umber autumn scene placed outside York University in Toronto, to the […]

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Steuben glass

Steuben Glass – A Phoenix Rising?

During a prior retrospective on the life and art of Canadian glass sculptor James Houston published here at Boha, the subject of Steuben glass naturally arose; namely, that the firm, once reputed to produce the clearest crystal on Earth, had closed its doors—presumably forever—in 2011. However, what appeared to be yet another sad end to […]

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Piet Mondrian Bauhaus

Bauhaus: An Everlasting Design Legacy

Bauhaus was an artistic movement that embraced design in many of its multifarious forms. Although today closely associated with architecture, it was an attempt to connect up all forms of art and design through the social fusion of art with life. The movement was founded by German architect Walter Gropius in 1919 in Weimar, with […]

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From Fire to Ice: James Houston’s Mesmerising Glass Art Sculptures

A few decades before the world-renowned Steuben glassworks closed its doors forever in 2011, it was dominating the world of glass art sculpture thanks to its impossibly clear, intricately detailed pieces depicting life in the far northern reaches of Canada. These glass art sculptures—which at their zenith commanded prices of nearly $20,000 U.S. dollars—were not […]

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