Thor Bueno

"Glass is most magical to me when it is being worked hot and fast, when the glass flows like glowing lava and stiffens into transparent ice. My goal is to create vessels that pay homage to this material's state of fluid color and light."

For glass artist Thor Bueno, glass gathers light and color with a purity that no other material can. He insists that all of his works reflect this extraordinary quality: "Touching blown glass is the closest one can get to the elusive experience of holding light."

Bueno's broad, flattened vessels provide a canvas on which he displays rich and rough surfaces that resemble the cave paintings of Lascaux, France. He creates each design using many layers of colored-glass powders that are distressed to produce simple, elegant patterns evocative of humankind's first artworks. The glass is etched with sand to create a glowing matte finish.