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Bud Vase with Long Cylindrical Neck

1992 James Holmes Born: Frostburg, Maryland 1952 Deborah Doane Born: Frostburg, Maryland 1952 blown glass 9 1/8 x 4 5/8 in. diam. (23.3 x 11.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of MCI 2001.89.23.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A


Luce Center Label

Deborah Doane and James Holmes started making bud vases shortly after they opened the Chatham Glass Company, in Chatham, Massachusetts. Holmes credits the brightly colored vases for launching the success of their business, which makes both functional and sculptural pieces. Holmes and Doane designed the pieces together, and Holmes blew the delicate vessels using traditional techniques—working the glass to temperatures in excess of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit before shaping the object at the end of a blowpipe. The artists cite organic forms and their coastal environment as inspirations for their work, which is particularly evident in this vase: its base recalls sea urchins with their dotted spines.

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decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

About James Holmes

Born: Frostburg, Maryland 1952

About Deborah Doane

Born: Frostburg, Maryland 1952

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