Clipped Grass

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Object Name: 
Clipped Grass
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Overall H: 9.2 cm, Diam (max): 28.7 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
By 1982, Zynsky was experimenting with making vessels entirely of fused glass threads. She gave a name to the new technique that she invented. She called it “filet de verre,” or layers of fused glass threads that are hot-formed inside a kiln. The Museum’s vessel Clipped Grass is one of the earliest objects made by Zynsky in her new fused-thread technique. In 1982, it was included in her first exhibition at Theo Portnoy Gallery in New York City, where the Museum purchased it. The thick, uneven threads are typical of Zynsky’s early pieces. Made by Zynsky or by her assistants, the threads were pulled by hand in the hot shop, using the traditional Venetian technique for making cane. Making the glass threads for Clipped Grass took several days. To make a glass thread, a wad of hot glass is picked up onto a pontil, or solid glassmaking rod. A person holding a second pontil, the end of which is heated, attaches his rod to the hot glass and walks quickly across the room. The hot glass, stretched into a thin thread between the two rods, is carefully laid on the floor, or on top of pieces of wood placed on the floor. There, it cools, and it can later be broken into any desired length.
Theo Portnoy Gallery, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Green tinted fused and thermo-formed glass threads (filet de verre). Shallow bowl form composed of numerous broken rods of various shades of green, most fused together but some setting loose inside bowl form; signed on base: "Zynsky".
Corning Museum of Glass 2011-04-02 through 2011-12-04
A pioneer of the studio glass movement, Toots Zynsky draws from the traditions of painting, sculpture and the decorative arts to inspire her innovative, intricate vessels. Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky, featured 12 works representing the varied techniques and inspirations from throughout Zynsky’s career. Zynsky attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she was one of acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly’s first students. In 1971, she was part of a group of Chihuly’s friends and RISD students who founded the influential Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. There, she made installations of slumped plate glass, and later experimented with video and performance work with artist Buster Simpson, incorporating hot and cold glass. This experimental work was critical to the development of using glass as a material to explore issues in contemporary art.
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 27, 106-107 (fig. 39, plate 30); BIB# 149403
Studio Glass Timeline (2012) illustrated, p. 4, bottom right; BIB# AI86009
The Gather (2011) illustrated, p. 10;
Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky (2011) illustrated, p. 10; BIB# AI88809
Recent Important Acquisitions, 25 (1983) illustrated, p. 277, #64; BIB# AI98084
New Glass Review, 4 (1983) illustrated, p. 25, #100;
Clipped Grass (1982) illustrated BIB# 99467