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1992 Michael Jaross Born: Portland, Oregon 1949 engraved blown glass 16 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. diam. (42.5 x 18.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of MCI 2001.89.19 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 55B

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"Blending often results in horrors. I preferred to juxtapose pure colors against one another, combinations of opaques and transparents." Artist correspondence

Luce Center Label

Michael Jaross is best known for his colorful martini glasses and champagne flutes. He also created color-field "footed cones," like this one, which highlight his mastery of the incalmo technique. Developed by Venetian glassworkers in the sixteenth century, the technique allows artists to create works made from two or more pieces of glass that look like they are made of one. Each piece is blown separately and must be matched evenly to the top or bottom of the other piece where the two will be fused together. Jaross credits the inspiration behind the vivid green of this footed cone with the fairly limited color palette available to studio glassblowers and "perhaps a wee touch of the Swedish springtime."

This artwork was recommended by citizen curator Armchair Caver as part of our Fill the Gap project on Flickr.


decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass