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Aqua Gold Foglio

Art Glass Sculpture

Created by David Patchen
Crisp details and vibrant colors are hallmarks of Patchen's work-the result of his technical and creative mastery.

From Patchen's "Foglio" series, this flattened vessel was created through the difficult technique called murrini, which involves making highly-patterned glass tiles, carefully composing hundreds of them into a mosaic, then fusing them together to construct a glass bubble all before and blowing the final shape.

This style of foglio is composed with a variety of murrine and cane that Patchen has created from thousands of threads of glass. After fusing the murrine composition and attaching it to a blowpipe, Patchen switches the bubble to another blowpipe, creating the looping patterns and vanishing point design on each side of the Foglio. Some of the patterns in this Foglio incorporate glass that glows subtly in the dark (see photo). This piece is large and double-encased in clear glass for great depth, optics and stability.

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