Sonja Blomdahl uses intense, personal color choices to lift the familiar forms of her bowls and vases out of the everyday and transform them into compelling works of art. Here, she combines a classic form with vivid color. “Color is often the joy in making a piece,” she says. “I want the colors to glow and react with each other.” In B 1095, light becomes fluid as it moves around the surface of the seemingly weightless glass; the clear band separating the colors at the base of the neck emphasizes their clarity and strength, and allows the viewer to see different hues inside the vessel.
Copied Sonja Blomdahl, B 1095, 1995, blown glass, 18 1⁄2 x 12 in. (47.0 x 30.5 cm.) diam., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1995.51
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