Drift

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Object Name: 
Vessels
Title: 
Drift
Accession Number: 
2006.6.11
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 45.8 cm, W: 61.3 cm, D: 8 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
2006
Credit Line: 
21st Rakow Commission
Web Description: 
Edwards, an independent studio artist living and working in Adelaide, Australia, was trained as a ceramist. In the 1990s, he held the position of associate designer in ceramics, and then glass, at the Jam Factory in Adelaide. He went on to establish a private studio in 1997. “For this year’s Rakow Commission, I chose to focus on the vessel, rather than on sculpture,” says Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass. “I wanted to bring attention to the intersection of craft and design, and to studio artists working within industry. These are trends of special interest right now.” Edwards’ vessels have been represented in exhibitions worldwide. He creates single bowls and pairs of simple, rectangular handblown glass forms. The vessels act as a canvas for asymmetrical fields of soft, natural colors, which are applied while the glass is being worked at the furnace. Texture is given to the glass by wheel-cutting it after it has cooled. Inaugurated in 1986, the Rakow Commission supports the development of new works of art in glass. Each commissioned work is added to the Museum’s collection. This program is made possible through the generosity of the late Dr. and Mrs. Leonard S. Rakow, Fellows, friends, and benefactors of the Museum.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Edwards, Tim ((Australian, b. 1967)), Source
Material: 
Inscription: 
tim Edwards / 2006 / "Drift"
signature
Engraved. On underside of vessel (b)
tim Edwards / 2006 / "Drift"
signature
Engraved. On underside of vessel (a)
Primary Description: 
Vessels, "Drift". Colorless and transparent dark amethyst glass; blown, cased, tooled, cut. Two rectangular, flat shaped vessels cut amethyst to colorless that stand side to side and the cut decoration on one continues onto the next.
Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest
Venue(s)
Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art 2013-05-17 through 2014-01-31
Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest tells two related stories that began in the 1970s. In 1974, American artist Richard Marquis travelled to Australia to lecture, demonstrate and build glass studios at the invitation of the Australia Council for the Arts. Marquis’ relationship with Australian artist Nick Mount initiated a lineage of blown glass artists in Australia. The second story centers on kiln-formed glass and the relationship between Klaus Moje, founder of the glass workshop at Australian National University in Canberra, and the Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, OR. In 1979 Moje met Boyce Lundstrom, co-founder of Bullseye Glass Company, while at a workshop at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA. At Moje’s instigation, Bullseye Glass Company developed a line of compatible, fusible glass that solved long-standing technical problems. This glass is widely used by Australian artists today. Vicki Halper, Curator of Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest, notes, “The connections between Australia and the Pacific Northwest are longstanding and fascinating, but the differences between the art of the two regions are just as intriguing. Australians excel in fused and cold worked glass, which are not as prevalent in the Pacific Northwest. Opaque surfaces and muted colors are likewise more dominate in Australian glass than in the Pacific Northwest. Expect to be awed by what you see.” “This exhibition is long overdue given the excellence of the work being produced in Australia, and the interest in it shown by important American museums and collectors,” states Susan Warner, Executive Director of Museum of Glass. “The museum is proud to have organized this exhibition.” The artists represented by this exhibition include: Clare Belfrage, Giles Bettison, Gabriella Bisetto, Jane Bruce, Scott Chaseling, Cobi Cockburn, Nadège Desgenétez, Mel Douglas, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott, Tim Edwards, Brendan Scott French, Mel George, Steve Klein, Jessica Loughlin, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Klaus Moje, Tom Moore, Nick Mount, Stephen Proctor, Kirstie Rea, Tom Rowney, April Surgent, Janice Vitkovsky and Richard Whiteley. Approximately four pieces from each artist will be in the exhibition for a total of 92 pieces.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
 
Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest (2013) illustrated, pp. 38-39; p. 151, no. 36; BIB# 135258
Spotlight: Artists' Life (2007-06) illustrated, p. 16;
New Glass Review, 28 (2007) illustrated, cover;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2006 (2007) illustrated, p. 6;
The Gather (2007) illustrated, p. 12;
Laureats (2006-12) illustrated, p. 12;