Steve Tobin, the making of Cocoons
Title from title frame.
Glass artist, Steve Tobin ; assistants, Densaburo Oku, Daisuke Shintani, Alan Krakower.
The first segment is a documentary about Steve Tobin and how he makes his 12' high glass Cocoon sculptures. It also includes a review of his earlier work, including his Manhattan Series. The second segment shows Tobin and his assistants at Millville, NJ, attempting to create the largest glass bottle ever produced, to break the record of 108 gallons -- this is only a trial run. The third segment shows Tobin working in Venice in 1989, and in his American studio in Coopersburg, PA. The fourth segment was filmed at T.C. Wheaton & Co. Glass Works in Millville, NJ on September 27, 1992. The introduction indicates that Tobin and his team had blown the world's largest bottle there the day before, total capacity of 193 gallons. Demonstration of another large bottle was blown this day. The fifth segment includes: "The River," NJ (1983); "River of Glass," Rouen, France (1991); "Cocoon Mobile," Rouen, France (1991); "Tepee," Lehigh University & Coopersburg (1992); "Cocoons," Lehigh University (1992); "Doors," Lehigh University (1992); "Installation," American Craft Museum, New York (1993).
Art beat / Suburban Community Television (13:22) --
The bottle project / The Ten O'Clock News (2:10) --
Steve Tobin, the making of Cocoons / Venice, Italy & Bucks County (19:00) --
The Bottle Project, August & September 1992 (9:40) --
'Spective, Retrospective (5:20)