Coral Reef, Bailey Donovan, blown glass with murrine, 2019

My work focuses on ideas of organic forms and patterns represented through traditional glassmaking techniques. My glassblown pieces take the form of vessels depicting saturated colours and painterly lines. My vessels are inspired by the Venetian technique of murrine and the fluid nature of molten glass. The murrine technique is used to create thin lines of glass colour that dance around the glass vessel as if blown by the wind, giving the appearance of grass, or brushstrokes. This pattern is created by stretching, pulling, and cutting glass colour repetitively and melting into compositions. This work serves as a refined exploration of glass as a medium and traditional glassmaking techniques through a contemporary lens.