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Newark, NJ, United States of America born 1945

Lidded jar 1973 Description: with bear couple lid
Place made: North Carolina, United States of America
Materials & Technique: glass, jars, glass

Primary Insc: incised on base: "Bernst - 1973"
Dimensions: body 10.6 h x 20.0 w x 11.6 d cm lid 14.6 h x 13.6 w x 13.0 d cm whole 25.2 h x 20.0 w x 13.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Crafts Board of the Australia Council Collection 1980
Accession No: NGA 82.2317.A-B
Subject: Collection: The Crafts Board of Australia Council collection of Australian and International decorative and design arts, acquired 1982.

William Bernstein is one of a group of American glass artists whose work in the 1970s demonstrated a looser approach to glassblowing, introducing humour and cartoon-like imagery into their work. His technique of 'sketching' with molten glass on to blown forms allows him to build a fluid narrative into the work, in this case, a humorous allusion to the association of bears and honey in the distorted form of a domestic glass honey jar.

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