Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Hudson Bay Style 1890)

Title: 
Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Hudson Bay Style 1890)

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Object Name: 
Vessel
Title: 
Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Hudson Bay Style 1890)
Accession Number: 
2007.4.146
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 13.1 cm, Diam (max): 9 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1976
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family
Web Description: 
Chihuly is an internationally celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of studio glass is unmatched. From the beginning of his involvement with glass in the 1960s, he has focused on the sculptural qualities of the material, using the blown vessel as a vehicle for the exploration of color and form. In 1975–1976, Chihuly devised a decorative technique in which he picked up patterns of colored glass threads, inspired by vintage Navajo and Pendleton trade blankets, onto the surface of a cylindrical glass vessel. This series of vessels was called the Navajo Blanket Cylinders. Chihuly says: “I blew the Navajo Blanket Cylinders for two years. . . . Looking back, I think it is possible to say that . . . the pieces were wearing their drawings just as the Indians were wearing their blankets.”
Department: 
Provenance: 
Elliott Brown Gallery, Former Collection
2001
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
Category: 
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
Hudson Bay Style / 1890
inscription
purple glass threads
Chihuly / 76
signature
Primary Description: 
Blown glass, assembled threads picked up while hot, iridized.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Contemporary Glass Gallery and Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009) illustrated, p. 105, pl. 30; BIB# 109983