Friday, November 14, 2008

Full Blown

My favorite job ever (besides my current position as full time Mama) was one I worked many years ago, in my hometown, at the Toledo Museum of Art. (Yes, Toledo, Ohio has an art museum. And it is surprisingly terrific. I can say this with confidence, having spent countless hours since then inside the hallowed walls of the Met, the Louvre, the MoMA, etc., etc.). I was paid minimum wage to watch over a small gallery store, packed to the gills with the work of some very talented regional artists: Ethereal photographs of endless cornfields threatened by menacing skies, whimsical pop art like painted bicycles and mixed media murals, hand thrown pottery, delicate jewelry and, the belle of Toledo's ball, hand blown glass in just about every shape or color imaginable.

Toledo, located in Northwest Ohio, spent the bulk of the 20th century known as the "Glass City." And the Toledo Museum of Art is a direct and lasting consequence of this glass boom. The Museum was started by glass magnate Edward Drummond Libbey, and it carries on the Toledo glass tradition, highlighting this utilitarian, changeable, delicate yet durable medium. It was there, in that small gallery store in Ohio, that I learned to appreciate the beauty of hand blown glass. I have a small collection of blown glass ornaments that hang every year on my Christmas tree, sparkling in the lights, shining against the green branches, proud of their status as unique, singular works of art.

Nostalgic, I searched and found a few lovely hand blown works of art that I thought I'd share with you.

From AskesisArts Etsy shop.

From Lokiglasswork's Etsy shop.

From AllGlassDesigns, also on Etsy.

And from James Yarrito, one of my favorite Toledo artists, who I was fortunate enough to meet through my work at the museum.


Dawn said...

Thanks for the beauty today.
While I was in my first year of college I took ceramics... in an area connected to our studio the glass blowers would work. They went 24/7... all of them taking turns sharing the tools, etc... It was mesmernizing watching them work! To this day I love blown glass...
Thanks for the links!

Geri said...

Wow! How great, these are fabulous. Thanks for the link!