"Constellation" Necklace

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Object Name: 
Necklace
Title: 
"Constellation" Necklace
Accession Number: 
2011.4.3
Dimensions: 
Overall L: 60.8 cm; Largest Disk Diam: 5.3 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
2011
Credit Line: 
Purchased with funds from Elizabeth S. and Carl H. Pforzheimer III and James R. and Maisie Houghton
Web Description: 
Glass beads are a significant aspect of the collections at The Corning Museum of Glass. The Museum preserves numerous examples, ranging from ancient pendant beads, made in the shape of a human or animal head, to colorful and diverse early Venetian trade beads collected in West Africa, to modern Czech necklaces. In the 20th century, beads have become a material for sculpture in the hands of artists such as Joyce Scott, Liza Lou, Sherry Markovitz, and David Chatt. Contemporary beadmaking for adornment, rather than sculpture, is practiced around the world by hundreds, if not thousands, of artists. Beading cooperatives help women in impoverished urban and rural situations to support their families. Art supply stores have entire sections devoted to beads and beading. At antique shows, there are archaeological and tribal beads to collect. Studio artists are making their own, unique beads that sell in venues from Etsy and eBay to exclusive galleries. Beads, and specifically glass beads, are an entire world. In this crowded field of craft and commerce, the work of Kristina Logan stands out for its originality, sophistication, and innovation. Logan is an especially talented artist who works with flameworked glass. She makes unique and complex beads in intricate patterns whose sometimes knobby forms recall the remarkable eye beads made in ancient China. Yet Logan’s style is purely contemporary. In addition to the beads that she presents as adornment in necklaces, she incorporates beads into functional objects for the table, such as candlesticks and teapots. “Beads form a historical thread, connecting people and cul¬tures throughout our history,” Logan says. Signed: “Kristina Logan 2011.” For more information, see Beadmaking with Kristina Logan, Master Class Series VII, produced by Amy Schwartz, Corning: The Corning Museum of Glass, 2009.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Logan, Kristina (American, b. 1964), Source
2011-02-17
Category: 
Inscription: 
Kristina Logan 2011
signature
Engraved back of disk with hook mount
STER
stamp
Stamped back of disk with hook mount
Primary Description: 
Necklace. Lampworked glass and pate de verre; sterling silver. Ivory, green, red, pink, orange, dark blue, turquoise, black flameworked glasses and olive-green and light purple pate de verre. Necklace consisting of 11 round disks mounted in sterling silver, with sterling silver backs, borders, and center pins, and connected by sterling silver rings. Disks are made of variegated flameworked glass in different stylized floral patterns. Two of the disks have a central flameworked bead surrounded by a wide border of pate de verre, one green, the other purple, and two disks have open centers. The whole is arranged asymmetrically yet harmoniously. Signed “Kristina Logan 2011” on the back of the necklace.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
For 30,000 years, mankind has crafted beads from natural materials. With the discovery of glassmaking in the second millennium B.C., glass began to be used for this same purpose. Glass beads are universal. They have been produced throughout the 35 centuries of glass manufacturing, and by nearly every culture in the world. The glass beads and beaded objects on view in this exhibition are arranged thematically, comparing the manner in which diverse cultures have utilized beads, frequently for the same purposes, but sometimes for unique reasons. These themes explore how glass beads adorn the body and our possessions; how they convey messages about power and wealth, and identify the stages of human life; how they serve ritual purposes, as well as decorate clothing and objects used in rituals; and how they have been employed across the centuries as a means of exchange, both commercial and cultural. Through the centuries, beads have been made using a variety of processes. Understanding how beads were made has allowed scholars to follow the transmission of beads and beadmaking techniques across the globe. Across time and around the world, glass beads have become a common element of mankind. Through their manufacture and function, they are one of the strings that bind humanity together. “Life on a String” celebrates this common bond while also revealing the distinctiveness of different societies through their use of glass beads to celebrate their unique cultural heritage.
Glass Beads: Selections from The Corning Museum of Glass (2013) illustrated, title page; pp. 82-83, no. 50; BIB# 134720
Beads: 3,500 Years of Glass Beads (2013) illustrated, p. 29; BIB# AI93926
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2011 (2012) illustrated, p. 72; BIB# AI87745
Recent Important Acquisitions (New Glass Review 33) (2012) illustrated, p. 111, right; BIB# AI87134