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Overall H: 25.6 cm, Diam: 18.5 cm
On Display
designed in 1984
made in 1989
Web Description: 
In 1984, Zynsky was invited to the famous Venini glassworks on Murano. While she was there, she reconsidered her early, thread-wrapped blown vessels. The result was the unusual Folto vases that she designed for Venini. Unlike her fused thread vessels, blowing a form and wrapping it with threads was fairly simple for the factory glassblowers, and it was easily reproducible, so that many pieces could be made quickly. These two vases [2010.3.122 and 2010.3.136] show Zynsky’s characteristic contrasting colors. The rims are folded during the glassblowing process so that they are hollow. This type of hollow interior fold was often made in the 1970s by students at the Rhode Island School of Design, where it was called the “RISD Ring.” The title Folto (Thicket) was given to Zynsky’s design by the Venini glassworks. Her original name for the design was Chiacchierra, which in Venetian dialect is a reference to someone making the head spin. Subsequently, Zynsky changed the name to Mulinello, meaning a whirlpool or a whirlwind. But Venini’s name, Folto, was the final one.
Dorotheum GmbH & Co KG, Source
on rim colorless circular label with black text
Zynsky x venini 89
Engraved underside of base in script
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Dark blue, lavender, green glass; blown glass, applied threads. Blue vase, narrow at base, widens to shoulder then narrows some to a thick, donut-like lavender rim. Decorated from shoulder to above foot with mint green threading.
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.