A new form of hot-blown art glass by this pre-eminent Native artist. After starting as a potter, then studying at a prestigious, non-Native art school, he assisted the great Dale Chihuly in his famed glass studio, in Pilchuk, Washington.
Tony is perhaps the only major Native glass artist who creates exclusively in hot-blown glass, each piece formed at the end of a twirling rod, from a blob of melted glass.
His work is in many private collections, and several museums.
This “river rock” is an organic form, representing a natural boulder. Starting with clear glass, the dark and sandy shapes that pattern the surface were added while the glass was still molten, on the blow rod. Tony calls these splotches “jimmies”!
In a final stage, the organically formed clear glass, that flows in ridges over the flat side of the piece, was blown over the jimmies, while still on the rod. This mimics the irregular surface of a rock.
On the other side, the surface is smooth, with a raised, open neck. This is where the piece was attached to the rod.
Since the “rock” is hollow, and glass, the open neck allows it to serve as a distinctive vessel for flower arrangements. So, this uncommon glass sculpture can even be of practical use, too.
Innovative and intriguing in concept and form, this is a handsome, distinguished piece of art glass, by an internationally celebrated artist.
Sitting on your coffee table, any table, mantel, or shelf, it is a fascinating and creative piece of home decor.