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Grotto Paperweight
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Grotto Paperweight

Art Glass Paperweight

Created by Robert Burch
Customer Rating:
30 stars
Using glass colored with silver and gold, Burch applies multiple layers of glass to create this underwater scene which magically captures the beauty of the ocean floor. Each piece will very slightly as they are each produced individually.
Dimensions: 3.75in diameter
This piece ships on or before: Mon, Sep 15, 2014
Shipping charge (based on items in My Basket): $30.00
$280  
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About this Artist

Robert Burch

"Years ago I came upon a cabin with a roar coming from it and a strange glow in it's windows. There was someone blowing glass. I was stunned. The magic, the sensuality and the energy of that moving molten glass made me feel from that moment on that my purpose was to get as close to glass as I could. "

Robert says that he does not know if he chose glass or if glass chose him. He has been blowing glass for 35 years and feels fortunate to work in a medium that he dearly loves. Most of the inspiration for his present work is based on designs that come from his natural surroundings. He tries to capture the inherent beauty of the molten glass.

One of the main techniques that Robert uses is allowing the different viscosities of the glass to interact to create designs that are reminiscent of organic patterns and forms. He also uses techniques incorporating silver veiled glasses that are then layered in clear crystal surrounded by delicate bubble patterns.

Robert studied ceramics and glass with Phil Holmes at Goddard College in 1969 and 1970. He then went on to instruct in the Adult Degree Program at Goddard. He is almost exclusively self taught and has discovered many of his own techniques, designs, and color formulas from experimentation, practice and teaching others.

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By Mike
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Incomplete
Artful Home's picture of the piece was beautiful, which made me interested in the paperweight, but what I got was only half of it's artful contents, which disappointed me. Returned the item for a refund. To be fair an earlier piece I bought from this artist was spot on with the picture shown by Artful Homes, which I enjoy looking at everyday.
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