Amazing Glass Sculptures ‘Flying Dutchman’ by Ayako Tani


Legendary Ship

D: 10cm
1 kg

Amazing Glass Sculptures ‘Flying Dutchman’ by Ayako Tani

These amazing glass sculptures are based on the legendary ship that was doomed to sail stormy seas and to never port. Ayako recreates a classic tale in glass art form and gives it a modern contemporary twist.

The ill-fated ship is beautifully handcrafted. The artist fuses molten glass to create the tiniest details of the ship. Indeed, we see a tragic shipmate held captive in an intricate and beautiful cage at the ship’s bow.

The glass chamber is filled with Krypton gas and by utilising a plasma driver, Dr Tani cleverly evokes the malevolent atmosphere of a furious seascape.

A truly fantastic piece of glass art. These amazing glass sculptures will delight lovers of myths and legends.

N.B. The image shown is an example of the one in the series. Each piece is hand blown and will therefore vary slightly. Each one is completely unique and signed by the artist.

Amazing Glass Sculptures Artist

Dr Ayako Tani is a highly accomplished and internationally renowned glass artist. Her glass art journey began in Japan, where she studied a BA in arts and courses in bead-making, glass blowing and kiln casting.  Dr. Tani then continued to the University of Sunderland, where her passion for her work and subject blossomed further. She continued to develop her academic interests and successfully completed an MA and PhD in Glass Art and Ceramics.

Dr Ayako Tani has produced a significant range of stunning glass artworks. In addition to her stunning artworks,  she has also published a number of publications on glass art. Her in-depth knowledge and understanding of the art form really show in her beautiful and delicate pieces, leading to numerous awards and recognition.

Dr. Tani specialises in lampworking glass. All her pieces are made from borosilicate glass, this type of glass is able to withstand extreme temperatures without cracking. This is because it contains boron trioxide, a ‘magic’ ingredient that completely alters how glass behaves. Using molten glass as ink, her work often captures her memory and body movement in the glass. Particularly, she introduced the philosophy of calligraphy to glass art, developing ‘calligraphic lampworking’, which embraces the amorphous characteristic of glass. She regularly exhibits and lectures at the international level, and her work has been collected by prestigious museums in the UK, Germany and China.

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 10 cm


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