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Red Cylinder

2004 Paula Bartron Born: San Mateo, California 1946 glass and glass powders 11 x 9 7/8 in. (27.9 x 25.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Colleen and John Kotelly and Gisela and Ben Huberman 2007.26.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53A

Luce Center Quote

"The forms are simple, reduced, minimal and intended in part to relate to 'the primitive'—vessels, tools, and to the material elements, earth, clay, iron and even to fire." Artist's statement

Luce Center Label

In sand casting, molten glass is blown or ladled into a compacted sand mold. Once the material cools, the sand is broken away from the glass, leaving behind an encrusted surface. To create her vessels, Paula Bartron blows glass into sand molds and sifts glass powders onto the outside while the pieces are still hot. She then polishes the interiors by hand to create a glossy surface, which contrasts with the rough exterior formed by the sand. Bartron's technique ultimately limits the amount of light that filters through her pieces, and in Red Cylinder the resulting soft glow is reminiscent of molten lava.


decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

About Paula Bartron

Born: San Mateo, California 1946

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