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Mamoure

1993 Mary Shaffer Born: Walterboro, South Carolina 1943 slumped and fused glass with bronze A : 80 × 10 × 11 7/8 in. (203.2 × 25.4 × 30.2 cm) B: 5 5/8 × 10 1/4 × 10 1/4 in. (14.3 × 26.0 × 26.0 cm) C: 7 1/8 × 10 5/8 × 10 3/4 in. (18.1 × 27.0 × 27.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Cindy Miscikowski and Doug Ring 2000.77A-C Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“I’m not interested in making something that people put a flower in. I want people to reflect on something vital, on a vital human emotion, either terrifying or pleasant. And you simply can’t do that, in my thinking, through a goblet.” Mary Shaffer, Handmade in America, 1995

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In Mamoure, curved pieces of slumped glass appear to be spilling out of a tall, geometric form. Shaffer scattered tiny threads of color within the fused layers of plate glass to suggest ripples and bubbles of water. The artist creates abstract shapes that evoke sculpture rather than functional ware.

Keywords

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

glass

metal - bronze

About Mary Shaffer

Born: Walterboro, South Carolina 1943