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Craft: Glass: Alhambra Vase
Alhambra Vase


Alhambra Vase
1998
Chuck Boux
blown and sandblasted glass
15 x 9 1/2 in. (38.2 x 24.2 cm) diam.footprint: 5 1/4 in. (13.4 cm) diam
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Hank Houser
2000.24
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“You cannot grasp the emotion of the Alhambra Vase or understand the soul of the glass blowers from 500 years ago until it is lit from a candle within, you have a glass of red wine, and you hear the music of Pepé Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez.’” Chuck Boux, 2004


To apply the elaborate prunus tree motif to Alhambra Vase, Chuck Boux sandblasted the outer layer of frosted glass to reveal the vivid blue underneath. He wants the flowing design of flowers and vines to communicate a sense of music to the viewer.


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