Tattoo Vase

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Object Name: 
Vase
Title: 
Tattoo Vase
Accession Number: 
2008.4.79
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 41.4 cm, Diam: 22.1 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
2008
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.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Steuben Glass, Inc., Source
Smith, Kiki ((American, b. Germany, 1954)), Source
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
Steuben
signature
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.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Flawless Until the End (2012-01) illustrated, p. 52;