Art Glass Sculpture
Created by David Jacobson
This hot-sculpted bird sits on a murrini-made, blown glass rock. The bird is formed from bits of red and orange glass, called frit, and is also decorated with white glass canes forming the stripes. It is then encased in clear crystal for its brilliance. The rock is formed by first making black and white tiles, called murrini. An Italian technique from the 1500s. These tiles are fused together into one large tile, and then picked up onto the blowpipe, and blown out into its shape. After cooling, the rock is then sandblasted to give it a matte finish so it is more rock-like in appearance. The bird is then adhered to the rock in the pose that Jacobson deems the best. He likes making the bird look like it has either just landed, or is about to take off.