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Take off, a Unique Glass Sculptural Vase with Black Crow by Julie Johnson

US$3,597.41

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Take Off, is a handblown art glass vase in amber with removal lid adorned with a hot sculpted black glass crow by the British artist Julie Johnson. The crow figurine can also be lifted off with the main body leaving a functioning vase. Following on from the series “All About Birds” Johnson has decided to focus on Crows. With a defined identity and a strong silhouette, these feathered characters challenge Johnson to sculpt with more complex detail. Her aim is to portray different expressions: greed, curiosity, pride, timidity for example. This, in turn, develops into imagined storylines incorporating other sculpted animals and objects. Johnson has been blowing for many years but starting sculpting creatures around 10 years ago. Working with a purely intuitive nature, the aim with all her bestial figures is to capture the essence of the ‘animal expression’ defined by each species' movement and natural position. This can only be done through observation, working instinctively and with repetition. Johnson’s journey with glass started out 25 years ago on the tiny island of Sark in the Channel Islands, from there she went on to study glass design at West Surrey College of Art in England and then worked in several independent studios in Britain, France and the United States, learning and perfecting the difficult techniques and skills required to make high quality blown glass. In 2003, Johnson set up her present workshop in collaboration with Eric Lemarié in Paimpol, Brittany, France. Johnson has exhibited throughout Europe and the USA.

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