Contiguous Fragment Series CFBGB2

Contiguous Fragment Series CFBGB2

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Object Name: 
Contiguous Fragment Series CFBGB2
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Overall H: 16 cm, Diam (max): 11 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family
Web Description: 
At the end of the 1970s, Myers began to develop what he called his “Contiguous Fragment” or “shard” vessels. (A shard is a piece of broken glass.) In this multi-step process, he blows large, thin-walled bubbles of glasses of different colors, which are cooled and cut into fragments using a hot wire. These glass fragments are the “shards” that Myers employs to decorate his vessels. While blowing a vessel at the furnace, Myers picks up the reheated shards and fuses them onto the surface of the glass, using a hand torch. At first, Myers selected opaque black and white glasses. These glasses provided a neutral ground on which he could “paint” a variety of shapes with his shards. After he built layers of colored shards onto the vessel, he sometimes iridized or textured the piece with a meshlike imprint. After cooling, the vessel could be further worked by cutting, sandblasting, and acid etching, processes that make the outer surface of the glass appear matte rather than shiny.
Kurland/Summers Gallery, Former Collection
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
Joel Phillip Myers 1980
Primary Description: 
Blown glass, hot-applied partly iridized glass shards, cut, sandblasted, acid-etched.
Corning Museum of Glass
Contemporary Glass Gallery and Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Corning Museum of Glass
West Bridge Exhibit
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009) illustrated, p. 232, pl. 138; BIB# 109983