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Red Urn

1994 Louis Sclafani Born: Mount Vernon, New York 1954 hot worked glass 27 1/2 x 10 3/8 x 5 in. (69.8 x 26.2 x 12.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Linda and Mitch Berliner 1994.35.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56A

Luce Center Quote

“I have focused on exposing the relationship of the inner core of the glass, magnifying its transition to the outer surface, and concentrating on the outer plane, both as a painterly composition and a textural patinated surface that echoes antiquity.” Louis Sclafani, Maurine Littleton Gallery, 1995

Luce Center Label

The Red Urns explore the idea of a nonfunctional vessel. Louis Sclafani creates an illusion of inner space that deceives the viewer into believing the glass is hollow. The urns are almost two-dimensional with strong silhouettes emphasized by elaborate decoration. They stand tall and proud, like relics from a forgotten past.


decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass


About Louis Sclafani

Born: Mount Vernon, New York 1954

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