OK, enough of the old guys for now. Here are some more modern treats, post 2000. The first is by Colin Heaney, a most influential figure in Australian studio glass. I have written about him elsewhere
on this board. These pieces are miniatures of what he called"vitrolith", with the larger one just over 20cm long. A little exploration with Google will yield lots more pictures, including some enormous examples. He has since retired from glass and now designs silk scarves and bikinis.
There is a 1999 book about Heaney's vitrolith glass written by Noel Hart, an established artist painter who worked as a designer in Heaney's studio in Byron Bay. Since then Hart has designed his own works in glass and used experienced glass blowers to help him create them. The colours and patterns are derived from various birds. The one in the photos from 2003 is called Sun Conure, a South American beauty. At 24cm by 25cm it is modest in both size and colour compared with his more recent works. His website
is lively and colourful.
The last photo celebrates the "Australian roll-up". This complicated process involves fusing a platter of coloured glass rods, machining it to make the surfaces flat, then rolling it up into a vessel that is blown. You can find examples by Klaus Moje for sale on the Internet in the $8-12,000 price range. These examples are attributed to Johnathon Schmuck, an American graduate student at the Canberra School of Art when the roll-up method was being developed in 1998-2000. He is an established artist with more modest prices and his own website
. He also features in a YouTube video that demonstrates the method.