Dale CHIHULY, Polished Ivory Seaform Set with Charcoal Lip Wraps Enlarge 1 /1

Dale CHIHULY

Tacoma, Washington, United States of America born 1941

Polished Ivory Seaform Set with Charcoal Lip Wraps 2000 Place made: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Materials & Technique: glass, bowls, blown glass glass: blown

Dimensions: overall (variable) 36.0 h x 76.0 w x 46.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.72.A-H
Image rights: © Chihuly, Inc.

The basket form of large, undulating bowls containing a number of smaller blown-glass vessels, and trumpet and bowl forms, was pioneered by Dale Chihuly and has become one of his most recognised ways of working. This gathering of objects suggests the randomness of natural accretions of shells and husks, such as might be found on a beach after a storm, but in their similarities there is also the implication of collection, classification and order. In Polished ivory seaform set with charcoal lip wraps the large basket is a refined and disciplined assemblage of elements. The strong, graphic quality of its alternating white and clear glass stripes, blown using the filigree technique, evokes the undulating forms of marine invertebrates in their natural environment, animating the work and the space around it. With an aqueous analogy such as this, the form of this work becomes a metaphor for the transient nature of glass, captured by the blower in a moment between its liquid and solid states.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

This ‘basket’ form suggests the randomness of natural accretions of shells and husks, such as might be found on a beach after a storm, but in their similarities there is also the implication of collection, classification and order. The strong graphic quality of this group’s alternating white and clear glass stripes, blown in a filigree technique, evokes the undulating forms of marine invertebrates in their natural environment. With such aqueous analogy the form of this work is a metaphor for the transient nature of glass, captured by the blower in a moment between its liquid and solid states.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design