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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Toots Zynsky, American, born 1951
Spring Grass II
Fused filet de verre
14 x 31.8 x 33.3 cm (5 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 13 1/8 in.)
Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
Toots Zynsky is one of the few women to achieve widespread acclaim in the studio glass field. Her vessels do not involve blowing glass or pouring it into a mold. She uses a process called filet de verre, in which many thin threads of glass are fused together and slumped into shape. At first, she pulled glass threads by hand, but in 1983 she began using a custom-built machine that semiautomated the process. This bowl was one of the first pieces she made using this machine. Zynsky purchased the bright green opaque glass from the Venetian glasshouse Moretti. She had not used this particular glass before, and when she fired it, the ends of the threads curled up. Spring Grass II was her second attempt, for which she adjusted the level of heat to obtain her desired result. Zynsky has continually refined her technique through research and experimentation. Spring Grass II documents her pioneering approach to working glass.
Made in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Containers - Glass
“Acquisitions,” http://artgallery.yale.edu/pdf/acquisitions_2010.pdf (accessed 2012).
Diane C. Wright, “New Glass at the Yale University Art Gallery,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2011): 3233, fig. 5.
Diane C. Wright, “Object Lesson: High Thread Count,” Yale Alumni Magazine (Jan/Feb 2011): 58, ill.
Corning Museum of Glass, “Recent Important Acquisitions,” New Glass Review 32 (2011): 126, ill.
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.