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1975 John Lewis Born: Berkeley, California 1942 glass 7 x 7 1/8 in. diam. (17.7 x 18.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Diane and Sandy Besser, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2001.71.18 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A


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Inspired by America's exploration of outer space in the 1960s and 1970s, John Lewis created a series of landscape vessels decorated with clouds, waves, moons, and other geologic forms. Lewis called these pieces his "glass moon bottles" and likens the creative process to painting with glass. To create each design, Lewis fused glass into a sphere form and moved the fused glass around on the surface. Over the course of the series, on which Lewis worked for approximately nine years, his decorations became more sophisticated as he was able to create ever-finer lines on the surface. Lewis tailored the design of each landscape according to the form of his vessel.

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decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass