Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, Of Course

Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, Of Course

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Object Name: 
Shirts, Cherries, and Snowflakes, Of Course
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Overall H: 50.4 cm, W: 37.7 cm, D: 35 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Ginny Ruffner, who was trained as a painter, is an influential artist and teacher internationally recognized for her flameworked sculptures in glass. While small-scale flameworking was traditionally executed with soft, soda-lime glasses, Ruffner adapted her knowledge of harder, borosilicate glasses, used in scientific glassmaking, to art. Her upbeat sculptures, which refer to personal experiences, memories, and ideas, are sandblasted and covered in paints and pencils.
Heller Gallery, Source
Ginny Ruffner
Painted on underside of colorless rod going to lower snowflake in green
93 Ginny Ruffner
Painted on curved foot (leg) in silver
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead borosilicate rods, colored pencil, oil paint; flameworked glass rods, hand applied decoration. Pyramidal openwork sculpture comprised of horizontal "branches" extending from central vertical "zigzag" rod; branches end in large non-identical snowflakes painted overall opaque white with gold accents and center painted flower blossom; four short-sleeved shirts, each painted on outer surface with intricate plant patterns, are interspersed among snowflakes as are multiple cherry and stem pairs painted in translucent red and green; sculpture stands on six feet/legs; short sections of central branch and legs have painted pattern of red and brown "knots" on a blue background; painted silver script on one curved leg: "93 Ginny Ruffner"; painted green on underside of low branch: "Ginny Ruffner".
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
When Consciousness Sleeps (Where Does It Go?)
Heller Gallery 1993-09-08 through 1993-10-03
Solo exhibition
Layering Creative Virtues onto an Object, Part 2: Survey (2009-05) illustrated, p. 12;
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 24, 146-147 (fig. 40, pate 49); BIB# 107478
The Past Ten Years of Contemporary Glass (1996) illustrated, p. 605, fig 4; p. 612; BIB# AI48527
Recent Important Acquisitions, 36 (1994) illustrated, p. 125, #47; BIB# AI33896