Hand Blown Art Vase ‘5 Band Flat’ by Michael Trimpol


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H: 30cm
3 kg

Hand Blown Art Vase ‘5 Band Flat’ by Michael Trimpol

The ‘5 band flat’ is a hand blown art vase with a long and illustrious history.

Made using the centuries old Venetian technique of incalmo, where 5 bubbles are hand blown to exactly the same size and proportions and then fused and grafted on to the one before to create the five bands.

This technique is so hard to master that it can only be attempted by a master glass blower with decades of experience. The three-band is difficult, but the five-band is near impossible and is an amazing status symbol.

The epitome of painstaking hard work to create something of utter beauty.

N.B. The images shown are an example of the ones in the series. Each piece is hand-blown and therefore there will be small variations in colour and pattern. Each one is completely unique and signed by the artist.

Handblown Glass Vases – Artist

Michael Trimpol glass artist is our first American artist. We are delighted to be able to bring his art glass vases here to the UK.

Michael was born and raised in Philadelphia. He first learnt about glassworking when he took a stained glass course in Vermont.

He started pursuing a career in stained glass and studied at Concordia University in Montreal before becoming frustrated with the two-dimensional nature of stained glass and moved into glassblowing, taking a course at Sheridan College School of Craft & Design in Mississauga, Ontario, where he graduated in 1985.

After graduation he took up residency at one of Toronto’s most popular tourist destinations; Harbourfront Craft Studios, before setting up his own company in 1989 Hot Glass Inc. He relocated to Stowe in Vermont to continue to develop his range of blown glass products. From there he designs and produces a diverse array of art glass products.

He currently designs and manufactures a diverse body of products in addition to overseeing the operations of the studio.

Artist’s Statement

“Of the many media and processes that can be used to create art, I have always been attracted to glass and its potential. I initially worked with stained glass.

However, I soon became drawn to the dynamic nature of the blowing process which seemed to suit both my nature and my vision better.

I have a strong preference for objects of a personal scale and with potential utility. A vessel with a lid or stopper has always been of most interest. Colour and pattern are also very important. I like to create either a single pure colour highlighting form or a more complex mixture to create patterns.

I am proud of the final product, but it is the actual process of creation that I find most satisfying.”

Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 30 cm


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