|B102 (SKY BLUE/AMBER) (2002), BY SONJA BLOMDAHL|
ACQUIRED FROM WILLIAM TRAVER GALLERY, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 2002
HAND-BLOWN AND COLDWORKED GLASS, 10" HIGH BY 11" IN DIAMETER, SIGNATURE ENGRAVED ON THE BASE BY THE ARTIST
Continuing what has become a tradition, this is the first work that Sonja created in 2002... my "Collection of Firsts" also includes the first works that Sonja created in 1999 (B199), 2000 (B100), and 2001 (B101). This work is quite different from my previous Blomdahls... rather than a bowl/vase shape, this work is more spherical. In fact, Sonja used to call works in this shape "spheres", and even used to begin their names with "SP" for sphere, as opposed to "B" for the bowl/vase shapes. (Now they all have names that start with "B".)
This work is created using the same incalmo technique that Sonja uses for her vases, but with a couple of different twists. While her vases usually include necks and large, flaring tops, this oblate sphere form uses a very simple transition between the upper and lower sections of the work. Using her considerable skill, Sonja created the upper section of the sphere with amber glass on the inside and green glass on the outside, and a thin band of clear glass separating the amber and green from the sky blue of the lower section. Once the glass was annealed, Sonja sent the work to a coldworking shop, where a grinding wheel was used to very carefully grind away most of the green glass to create a delicate web of green glass enclosing patches of amber glass. The result reminds me very much of what plant cells look like under a microscope. (Sonja's older spheres did not incorporate this technique.)
I think this work is great... I love its form, I think the webwork of green and amber glass is incredible, and as always, Sonja has developed a set of colors that look awesome together.
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