Purple Finch in the Snow

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Object Name: 
Purple Finch in the Snow
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 4.6 cm, Diam (max): 7 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of Theresa and Arthur Greenblatt
Web Description: 
Rick Ayotte (American, b. 1944) is well known for his realistic portrayals of nature and wildlife. He began his career as a scientific glassblower in 1962. Encouraged by his friend, the master paperweight maker Paul Stankard, he made his first paperweight in 1978 which depicted a brilliant red cardinal sitting on a branch. Ayotte focused on making birds in their environment until 1983, when he began to illustrate flowers and other nature subjects in glass.
Greenblatt, Arthur, Source
Greenblatt, Theresa, Source
Ayotte, Roland "Rick" (American, b. 1944), Source
Primary Description: 
Paperweight, "Purple Finch in the Snow". Colorless, red, white, brown non-lead glasses; flameworked and cased. Domed, circular shape, enclosing a lampworked figure of a bird (purple finch) with bright red head, breast and back, white underside, and striated tan wings and tail; standing on a snow-covered branch, with another branch above; scattered white snow in the background; polished, concave base; signed on the side (scratched, script letters) "Ayotte 13/50 '82".
Corning Museum of Glass 2006-11-16 through 2007-03-18
West Bridge Exhibit
Masterpieces of American Glass
Museum of Applied Arts 1990-07-27 through 1990-09-02
State Hermitage Museum 1990-09-15 through 1990-10-21
Museum of the State Institute of Glass 1990-11-02 through 1991-01-04
Paperweight Pals (2012) illustrated, pp. 2, 21; BIB# 130749
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 70, 96, pl. 112; BIB# 33046