Beau Couple | "Toots" Zynsky

Beau Couple
from the Chaos and Order Series

glass; fused, slumped, and hand-formed.
8 x 13 x 7 in.; 7 3/4 x 14 x 7 in.
20.3 x 33 x 17.8 cm; 19.7 x 35.6 x 17.8 cm
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

Known for perfecting a unique method of constructing free-form vessels from layer upon layer of thin glass threads, Zynsky creates pieces that vibrate with brilliant color. These exuberant pieces--fused, slumped, and folded with heat--belie the customary rigidity associated with glass. The rough edges and textured surface suggest freshly cut swatches of stiffened silk.

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Beau Couple (Detail)

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