Waterspout No. 13

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Object Name: 
Waterspout No. 13
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Overall H: 24.3 cm, W: 51.1 cm
On Display
designed in 1979
made in 1994
Web Description: 
Before working with her signature fused glass threads, Zynsky experimented with blown glass, plate glass, cast glass, and mixing glass with other materials, such as barbed wire. Wanting to combine her interest in barbed wire and glass, she began to look at manipulating glass threads. This vessel and the sculpture in this exhibition titled Waterspout No. 13 are examples of Zynsky’s “spun glass” vessels, in which colorless glass threads are wrapped around blown forms. The layered glass threads on this vessel are meant to evoke a tangled mass of barbed wire. While barbed wire is dangerous, Zynsky’s interpretation of it in colorless glass makes it less menacing, and almost beautiful. Although the idea for this sculpture was developed in 1979, Zynsky had an opportunity to work with the master glassblower Richard Royal in 1994. She chose to realize the earlier sculpture again, but to make it much larger than she had originally conceived it.
Elliott Brown Gallery, Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass; blown and hot-worked glass, applied threads. Horizontal sculpture with long cylindrical core open on both ends (upper end is fire polished, lower end is ground and polished flat), tube is thickly overlaid with threading built up to maximum thickness at center and tapering at both ends to create a biconal "bead" shape; no pontil; inscribed on interior of lower open end in block letters: "TOOTS/ZYNSKY/SEATTLE 1979/94 /WATERSPOUT 13". Sculpture conceived in 1979 and executed in June, 1994.
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.
The Gather (2011) illustrated, p. 10;
Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky (2011) illustrated, p. 10; BIB# AI88809
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, p. 103, #181; BIB# 65446
Recent Important Acquisitions, 38 (1996) illustrated, p. 262, #66; BIB# AI97737
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1995 (1996) illustrated, p. 31; BIB# AI95180
New Glass Review, 16 (1995) illustrated, pp. 6, 29, #100;
Waterspout 13 (1994) illustrated BIB# 116172