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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Glass: 15176 Hand Series
15176 Hand Series

15176 Hand Series
Mark Peiser
cast glass
9 5/8 x 4 3/8 x 2 1/4 in. (24.3 x 11.2 x 5.6 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken

“You just pour the stuff and take your chances. It’s maybe eighty-five percent accident---and I have the absolute veto.” Peiser, quoted in Byrd, “Mark Peiser,” New Work, Spring 1989

Mark Peiser creates the colored shapes in his sculptures by pouring layers of molten glass into a mold. He pours the glass very quickly, and many of his pieces do not turn out as expected. Before cutting and polishing the glass, Peiser rejects more than half of his creations because of defects or “uninteresting” patterns. Here, the perfectly clear glass and precisely finished edges emphasize the soft waves of color inside. The finger-like undulations and pale translucent colors evoke an x-ray image of someone’s hand.

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