Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Star Boyeta)

Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Star Boyeta)

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Object Name: 
Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Star Boyeta)
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 30.4 cm, Diam (max): 14 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family
Web Description: 
This cylinder is of the “peachblow” variety that were fashioned out of a special formulation of opaque brownish pink glass. The drawing was made with colored glass threads, arranged on a steel table with the aid of a hand-held torch. They were first made by Chihuly’s student Kate Elliott and then by Flora Mace. Chihuly shaped a thick-walled cylinder on the blowpipe, and then he carefully picked up the drawing onto the glass while the threads were still hot. At the end of 1976, Chihuly moved on to new work inspired by traditional Native American baskets. He says: “Both the drawing pickup technique that led to the Navajo Blanket Cylinders and a new way of blowing very thin and misshapen basket forms derived from Indian sources. These became two of the most influential series that I created.”
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
Chihuly, Dale (American, b. 1941), Former Collection
Chihuly / 1976
Engraved underside
Primary Description: 
Vessel, "Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Star Boyeta)". Blown glass, assembled threads picked up while hot, iridized.
Corning Museum of Glass
Contemporary Glass Gallery and Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Dale Chihuly: Objets de verre
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
New Glass: A Worldwide Survey
Corning Museum of Glass 1979 through 1979
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Renwick Gallery
Toledo Museum of Art
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009) illustrated, pp. 106-107, pl. 31; BIB# 109983
Chihuly's Pendletons: And Their Influence on His Work (2000) illustrated, pp. 222-223; BIB# 66495
Chihuly: Taos Pueblo (1999) illustrated, p. 41; BIB# 64346
New Glass: A Worldwide Survey (1979) illustrated, p. 62, #35; BIB# 20603