Copied Michael Jaross, Untitled, 1992, glass, 16 3⁄4 x 7 1⁄8 in. diam. (42.5 x 18.1 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of MCI, 2001.89.19
Michael Jaross is best known for his colorful martini glasses and champagne flutes. He also created color-field "footed cones," like this one, which highlight his mastery of the incalmo technique. Developed by Venetian glassworkers in the sixteenth century, the technique allows artists to create works made from two or more pieces of glass that look like they are made of one. Each piece is blown separately and must be matched evenly to the top or bottom of the other piece where the two will be fused together. Jaross credits the inspiration behind the vivid green of this footed cone with the fairly limited color palette available to studio glassblowers and "perhaps a wee touch of the Swedish springtime."