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Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Yesterday at 08:08:16 PM »
I'm a bit unsure about clicking on external links, I'm afraid, and I don't know anything about the host you're using.
(All I do know is photobucket crashes everything.)
I'm ancient, so is my pc. Nothing is up to date, everything is "previously loved" and held together with sellotape and string.
Including me. ;D
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Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by Vitreo94 on Yesterday at 07:37:59 PM »
The imperfections are what make them so unique, many of the characteristics of pieces were 'happy accidents' and I love that. It would seem so, he is the best, no question  ;D

Whilst I appreciate a 'perfect' piece it's got a more manufactured feel to it rather than a 'whatever happens' kind of attitude that makes his pieces essentially priceless!

I did post a link to the photos of the tricorn, not sure if its working?
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Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Yesterday at 07:08:44 PM »
She was surprised at my love of the imperfections too.
It looks like you and I share some of our strong opinions about the talents of Michael Harris. ;D
I cannot be doing with pretty-pretty perfection - give me strong, abstract, wild beauty any day. :)
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Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by Vitreo94 on Yesterday at 06:23:06 PM »
Oh I know, I recall her saying to Timothy one time that his glass was much better than his Dads. Some people dont like the imperfections and honesty of early pieces and maltese glass as a whole from that period. To me they are a unique and adds another layer of beauty to them, his work to me at least is the best glass in the world.

What a fantastic piece, can't say i've seen anything like it before! Here's a few photos of the trial tricorn bowl, i couldn't seem to emphasise the size of it so there is a photo of it next to a 1974 Onion vase for scale :)

http://imgur.com/a/Yo2yk
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Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Yesterday at 05:42:09 PM »
Elizabeth does not rate the early glass made by her husband at all. I had a very strange conversation with her as she showed me a lovely piece and complained; "Just look at all that frit, it's dreadful!" She didn't keep much of it. She was busy in the home and raising the children and paid little attention to Michael's work. That is what she told me.  :)
I've got an early tricorn charger too, which I originally bought as a suspected trial seaward from IoWSG, but Marlene Bristow told me it was Mdina. She remembered it - her memory is very reliable.  ;)
I'd be interested in seeing yours!
This is mine.
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Glass / Re: Mystery Pospichal vase
« Last post by flying free on Yesterday at 04:11:03 PM »
ah,well time for some research to find out where he worked in Canada :)

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Glass / Re: Mystery Pospichal vase
« Last post by starlightroad on Yesterday at 04:04:26 PM »
That's the information I found, but I posted a picture of it instead of a URL, which is what I ought to have done... [The mention of Canada intrigues me, being that I found this vase in Canada.]
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Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by Vitreo94 on Yesterday at 03:51:15 PM »
Oh of course, in all honesty ID's on pieces like this can really only be absolutely confirmed by one man and sadly he is no longer with us! Indeed, I have used this board many times over the years gaining snippets of information and gaining more knowledge on the subject, but I agree, difference in experience will lead to differing oppinion.

I was slightly surprised when he told me, I associated broken pontils mainly with early IOW which is what i expected him to tell me it was. Elizabeth was next to him at the time and appeared to nod in agreement with the Mdina verdict but nevertheless either way its a wonderful piece of glass and my father won't part with it!

That is a real beauty, stunning piece, very jealous! He ID'd an early trial tricorn bowl which my Dad purchased from Ron, much wider opening than the conventional ones, even some pull marks where MH was trying out something but the glass had cooled too much!Not sure of the dating of it but i'd imagine 69 or thereabouts  ;D
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Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Yesterday at 03:34:30 PM »
 ;D Whew!
I'm very glad you enjoy the debate too and can see that opinions are just opinions.
We all have our experience to draw on, but our experiences are all unique to us and can lead to differences in opinion.
They are all worth airing, and absolutely none of them are worth falling out over.

I am very confused by Tim's saying this was a way his Dad used of finishing things off, but I'm not doubting he said it to you.
He also told me a piece I have was made at Mdina in '68, but Elizabeth confirmed it too, it's a really tiny Fish, with two sets of wing casings and several colours. The piece itself is absolutely right. But I'd be open to discovering it was really made in '69.  ;D
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Glass / Re: Mystery Pospichal vase
« Last post by flying free on Yesterday at 03:33:00 PM »
Should show a picture here and a google translate of a newpaper article:

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=cs&u=http://ceskolipsky.denik.cz/zpravy_region/krajskou-cenu-d-ma-vlastimil-pospichal-tu-mestskou-ziskal-rovnez-ucitel-20130430.html&prev=search

And a little from a CV history here:
http://ipac.kvkli.cz/arl-li/en/detail-li_us_auth-p0022346-Pospichal-Vlastimil-1921/
Translated a little of it and it reads as follows:-
'He apprenticed as a glass cutter, studied at the vocational glass school in Nový Bor and later at art school in Belgium, in Zelezny Brod and the Faculty of Education of Charles University in Prague. From 1945 he worked as a teacher at the glass school in Nový Bor. He wrote several books on glass technology, manufacturing experience in glass and glass refining. Some of its practices in technology, working with glass have been patented (pantografie). As a glass expert worked in France, Canada and Tunisia.'
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