Copper the Color of Magic
Diana Hobson (British, b. 1943)
England, London, 1989
Pâte de verre ; mixed media
Greatest H: 23.7 cm; dimensions vary
89.2.18, 4th Rakow Commission
Diana Hobson began working in pâte de verre in the 1970s, and her experiments with the technique have helped other artists to employ it in new ways. Her interest in pâte de verre was to be able to make it as thin and transparent as possible. Her vessels are characterized by their diminutive size and careful, almost obsessive, placement and control of color. In this sculpture, Hobson combines her cast glass forms with copper and stone, literally bonding her precious and delicate forms to ancient elements found in nature.