Red Cylinder

  • Paula Bartron, Red Cylinder, 2004, glass and glass powders, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Colleen and John Kotelly and Gisela and Ben Huberman, 2007.26.2

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.

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
Red Cylinder
119 78 in. (27.925.1 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Colleen and John Kotelly and Gisela and Ben Huberman

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glass and glass powders
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