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Title: Is this iridescent glass bowl by Okra please?
Post by: chriss on September 19, 2012, 09:09:01 AM
Hi this bowl matches the bottle on the previous post I put up re id of my glass. It's hand made and has a broken pontil to the base. Does anyone know anything about my glass please? Thanks :)
Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: chopin-liszt on September 19, 2012, 10:30:00 AM
Hi again, I don't think this bowl matches your other bits - it's far more finely blown.
Again, not Okra, but it does look a bit like Norman Stuart-Clarke. I have a small flask which would match beautifully..... but you're not getting it :P  ;)
Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: chriss on September 19, 2012, 10:53:20 AM
Hi chopin-liszt, thanks for your reply :) I thought it did match the pink bottle as they are very very similar in pattern but yes, you are right, it is more finely blown, but alas no marks apart from the broken pontil mark :( I hope it does turn out to be Norman Stuart-Clarke as it cost me a grand total of 4 plus postage from Ebay 6 months ago :D
Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: chopin-liszt on September 19, 2012, 11:10:34 AM
This is my flask. It's fully signed and dated '89.
Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: chriss on September 19, 2012, 12:03:14 PM
Wow! What a beautiful piece of glass :D I know my bowl is quite good quality, it presently sits next to my iridescent John Ditchfield and Kralik of similar colorways at the moment and holds it's own, though in fairness, yours is a very close match! :D
Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: chopin-liszt on September 19, 2012, 12:13:38 PM
It is indeed.  ;D
The surfaces are worked in a similar way - with swirls - but I'd also think the the differences in the shapes of the two pieces would affect how swirls can be incorporated, so yours go linear around the neck - which has been stretched out to form the shape, while mine get a bit pulled up the neck.
The flask is small, about 4 inches tall.
Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: chriss on September 19, 2012, 12:17:56 PM
My bowl is 4" high by 5 and half " wide :)
Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: flying free on September 19, 2012, 12:19:11 PM
mm, love both of those pieces 
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Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: chopin-liszt on September 19, 2012, 03:59:59 PM
Aah, but to your eye, are they by the same maker, flying-free?
Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: flying free on September 19, 2012, 04:04:56 PM
How is the base on your flask finished Sue?  is it ground neatly across the whole base? or does it have a snapped off neat pontil mark?
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Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: chopin-liszt on September 19, 2012, 04:21:08 PM
It has the lovely Alison Snelgrove's label still on it...  :-[
The base is flat, polished to a satin finish and has a small (fairly normal looking) gouge in it.
The signature is around the base, on the outside.
Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: flying free on September 19, 2012, 04:31:37 PM
ok just curious - one of mine is  like that as well  - the other is the same as the OP base in this post and isn't signed but has been confirmed by Norman as his.
Is yours extremely heavy for size? 
Chriss would you say yours was extremely heavy?  I do think they look very similar but it's quite difficult to tell by photos alone.  Sue the iridescence on the NSC pieces is something special I think.  It's very high quality don't you think?

The only other places I can think of as sources for the bowl might be say Siddy Langley or someone who worked with her, or maybe Neo glass or Peter Layton (but my PL piece has a beautifully finished ground flat base).  I also thought Siddy Langley pieces would be signed and I don't know about whether her bases would be finished like that.  And I've never held a piece of Neo art glass so it would be difficult to know and I thought they always signed as well  :-\
On balance I think it is close to Sue's NS-C piece - it would require more investigation though  :)
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Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass Okra please?
Post by: chopin-liszt on September 19, 2012, 06:03:03 PM
 ;D  yes.. having trouble posting, cat sitting on keynoard...
Title: Re: Is this iridescent glass bowl by Okra please?
Post by: chriss on September 19, 2012, 07:28:40 PM
Hi Flying Free, thanks for you help :) Yes I would say it is a quite heavy piece of glass, and a similar thickness (and quality) to the John Ditchfield piece it sits with. I did own a signed piece of Norman Stuart Clarke and thinking back to it, there were quite a few similarities to the surface and colours between the two pieces. I have taken more images  showing more angles in the hope that this helps further :)