Earth Tears

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Object Name: 
9-part Sculptural Installation Prototype
Earth Tears
Accession Number: 
(a) H: 61.2 cm, Diam: 19.5 cm; (b) H: 33.5 cm, Diam: 15 cm; (c) H: 23.1 cm, Diam: 15 cm; (d) H: 26.7 cm, Diam: 27.8 cm; (e) H: 33.9 cm, Diam: 16.6 cm; (f) H: 29.9 cm, Diam: 22.1 cm; (g) H: 46 cm, Diam: 20 cm; (h) H: 5.9 cm, Diam: 15.9 cm; (i) H: 10.6 cm, Diam: 17.7 cm
Not on Display
designed and partially made in 2010
completed in 2012
Web Description: 
The designer wanted to use gravity to make his forms, and he first thought that he would make pieces hanging in the air. But he decided to do the opposite. Rather than making forms descending from the sky, he designed shapes to look as if they were emerging from the ground. The designer envisioned these forms, made of a transparent blue glass, as "tears" coming out of the earth and floating into the sky.
GlassLab, Source
Primary Description: 
9-part Sculptural Installation Prototype, "Earth Tears". Blown glass. (a) Tallest piece. (b) Flask that lies on side. (c) Small cone. (d) Large cone. (e) Narrow-bodied vase. (f) Full-bodied vase. (g)Tall piece. (h) Dome shape. (i) Hemispherical shape.
Corning Museum of Glass 2012-05-19 through 2013-01-06
“Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab” showcases the Museum’s signature design program, GlassLab, in which designers are invited to work with hot glass. The exhibition features over 150 design prototypes by more than 45 international designers. Over the last decade, the field of design has shifted from a focus on industry and architecture to a practice increasingly informed by contemporary art and craft. Glass, in particular, is being used in newly expressive ways as a result of increased access to the molten material through programs such as GlassLab. Working with the Museum’s artist-glassblowers outside the context of factory production, designers are able to explore concepts and to learn about the properties of glass in ways that were not previously possible. Presented in 2012 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of American studio glass, this exhibition celebrates the spirit of freedom and experimentation with material and process that characterized the early years of the Studio Glass movement. At The Corning Museum of Glass, exhibitions honoring the history of studio glass in the United States and in Europe highlight individual artists. They are “Founders of American Studio Glass: Harvey K. Littleton” (on the West Bridge), “Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino (in the Rakow Research Library), and “Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch (in the Focus Gallery).