Tattoo Vase

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Object Name: 
Tattoo Vase
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Overall H: 41.4 cm, Diam: 22.1 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist and Steuben Glass
Web Description: 
Glass is a material familiar to Smith, a sculptor, printmaker, and installation artist. She has used cast, hot-sculpted, and flameworked glass elements, as well as glass beads, in her multimedia work. For Steuben, she created a simple blown container that she approached as a body with a skin. The decoration, which is engraved or “tattooed” onto the surface of the vessel, consists of common tattoo designs, such as a snake, a butterfly, and a rose. Smith added the motif of the bird’s head, which is a recurring theme in her work. The master glass engraver Max Erlacher developed a new method of engraving for Smith, which allowed her to “draw” on the vase in a manner that looks looser and more spontaneous than traditional engraving. This is an artist proof from an edition of five, and two artist proofs.
Steuben Glass, Inc., Source
Smith, Kiki (American, b. Germany, 1954), Source
Engraved On underside of base in script
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown, engraved. Large vase with flared rim. Decorated overall with engraved creatures: a snake, butterfly, bird, two roses and four stars.
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 29, 198-199 (fig. 50, plate 76); BIB# 149403
Favorite Things (2014) illustrated, back cover; BIB# AI98739
Favorite Things (2014) illustrated, p. 19 (back cover); BIB# AI98737
Flawless Until the End (2012-01) illustrated, p. 52;