Clear Lumina with Azurlite

Clear Lumina with Azurlite

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Clear Lumina with Azurlite
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Overall H: 10.3 cm, W: 15.5 cm, D: 11.3 cm
On Display
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Purchased with funds from The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, The Creative Glass Center of America, the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family, and Carl H. Pforzheimer III
Web Description: 
A widely respected artist and studio glass pioneer, Patti has devoted much of his career to researching special glasses and hot-forming techniques. He began working with glass during the early years of the Studio Glass movement, but he chose to explore industrial sheet glass as the material for his art rather than glassblowing. Over the last 35 years, Patti has used glass to build and define architectonic spaces that transform surface, light and color, fusing layers of glass with bubbles and other spatial elements into unique works. Although his sculptures are small, the strength of the forcefully compressed layers of glass makes them appear monumental.
Pforzheimer, Carl H., III, Source
Art Alliance of Contemporary Glass, Source
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless, transparent pale green, blue and amber, translucent black (appears) glasses; heat-formed, ground, polished. Rectangular form fashioned from 15 layers of colorless to blue transparent over a dark base, with internal air traps in bubble and ring shapes; from inside top layer a small amethyst hemisphere extends down creating effect of floating black disc hovering above rings; tints and thickness of glass layers from top down: thin colorless, thin colorless, thin greenish tint, medium-blue, thin colorless, thick colorless, thin colorless, thick colorless, thin colorless, thick colorless, thin appears black, thick amber, thin blue, thick appears black. Internal sheet layers have circular cut-outs that define and enclose various types of air traps; large internal spherical bubble pushes up from the base passing through a central air trap ring and towards three more stacked rings between veils of minute air traps; all surfaces polished, all surfaces except base are solid; slightly beveled base edges and protective plastic film covering circular opening.
Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012
Toledo Museum of Art 2012-06-14 through 2012-09-09
The Museum is renowned for its extensive glass collection and for being the site of the historic 1962 Toledo Workshops. Those workshops, led by Harvey Littleton at the invitation of then-Museum Director Otto Wittmann, nurtured the artists now considered pioneers of the American Studio Art Glass movement and, through extension, helped to rejuvenate studio glass in post-war Europe. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the birth of studio glass, TMA presents Color Ignited: Glass 1962–2012, an enticing “coming of age” look at the medium. International in scope, it showcases works by Toledo Workshops participants as well as by the major artists working in the medium since. The exhibition focuses on the role of color—from the conceptual to the political to the metaphoric—in artistic expression. More than 80 objects from private collections, galleries, other museums and TMA’s own collection are shown, including works by Littleton, Dominick Labino, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Judith Schaechter, Ginny Ruffner, Fritz Driesbach and Klaus Moje. Jutta-Annette Page, curator of glass and decorative arts at the Toledo Museum of Art, and Peter Morrin, director emeritus of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky., curated the exhibition. Many of the Toledo Workshop participants were schooled in pottery, and as a result, many early works were vessels, some stylized, some with rays of color, some opaque and some transparent. There are vessels by Tom McGauchlin and Edith Franklin from the original workshops, as well as fused glass, neon glass, mirrored pieces and sculptures. Color Ignited is the inaugural exhibition in the Museum’s new Frederic and Mary Wolfe Gallery of Contemporary Art. The Wolfe Gallery space was the home of the Museum’s glass collection until 2003, when construction began on the Museum’s Glass Pavilion. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, with essays by Page, Morrin and Robert Bell, senior curator of decorative arts and design at the National Gallery of Australia, will be available in the Museum Store.
Thomas Patti: Azurlites 1991-1993
Galerie Internationale du Verre 1993-09-17 through 1993-10-17
Museum News: Tom Patti Selected for Next Specialty Glass Residency (2015) illustrated, p.2 (bottom); BIB# AI101034
Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 (2012) illustrated, p. 122, plate 67; p. 192; BIB# 130144
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 39, 132-133 (fig. 78, plate 42); BIB# 107478
Tom Patti Illuminating the Invisible (2004) illustrated, p. 111; BIB# 84704
The Techniques of Mosaic Glass, Millefiori and . . . Filligree (2001) illustrated, cover; p. 22, #3;
The Techniques of Mosaic Glass, Millefiori and ... Filligree (2001) illustrated, p. 22 (no. 3); BIB# AI53883
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, p. 102, #179; BIB# 65446
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1994 (1995) cover, title page, p. 23; BIB# AI95181
Recent Important Acquisitions, 37 (1995) illustrated, p. 125, #60; BIB# AI36371
Recent Corning Acquisitions (Amer. Style) (1994) p. 7;
Thomas Patti: Azurlites 1991-1993 (1993) pp. 2-3; BIB# 35563
Sculptural Acquisition p. 114;