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Cell Glow Ellipse

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.

This spectacular blown glass vessel from the artist's Ellipse series is created using the challenging murrini technique. Patchen uses both hot and cold glassworking processes to create hundreds of highly-patterned glass tiles, composes them into a mosaic, then fuses them together and begins the blowing process.

This unique piece features murrini created with a center of luminous aquamarine glass surrounded by threads of transparent ruby threads; all set in a matrix of white 'cells'. This Ellipse has exciting optics and details but holds a surprise when the lights are out as the white cell pattern glows in the dark (see photo).

Phosphorescent glass is uncommon and extremely rare in the murrine process. This sizable sculpture has great presence and a sleek, flattened profile. It is double-encased in clear glass for depth, optics, and stability.

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