|B104 (WHITE/CLEAR/AQUAMARINE) (2004), BY SONJA BLOMDAHL|
ACQUIRED FROM WILLIAM TRAVER GALLERY, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, JULY 2004
HAND-BLOWN AND COLDWORKED GLASS, 15 3/4" HIGH BY 11 1/2" IN DIAMETER, SIGNATURE ENGRAVED ON THE BASE BY THE ARTIST
This is yet another in my "Collection of Firsts" of Sonja Blomdahl's work. Since 1999, I've acquired the first work that Sonja has completed each year; my collection now includes the first work from each year from 1999 through 2004. Each year, I've challenged Sonja to create a work that would help me to build the best possible collection of her work. This work continues that tradition.
This work marks a return to Sonja's more traditional vase-like forms... it's more similar to Sonja's earlier works (B199, B100, and B101) than it is to her more recent works (B102 and B103). B104 is a slightly larger form, however; it's almost two inches taller than B199 or B100, and larger in diameter.
By far, the best and most notable feature of this work is its coloring. The top section is aquamarine on the outside, a slightly blue shade of green on the inside. The lower section, below the clear neck, is really cool... it tends to white when lit, but appears almost greyish in lower light levels. Once again, Sonja's mastery of color is well-demonstrated. (Because of the color-shifting nature of this work, it's very difficult to photograph! The image you see here really doesn't do the work justice.)
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