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Brien Strancar "Flat" Blown Glass Murrini Vase

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Murrini refers to a multicolored element embedded in glass. This vase features elongated murrinie elements on a variegated blue and white-colored background presented on a traditional flattened bottle vase form, which invites the viewer to explore the interaction between color, pattern and form.

The murrinie were made by creating colored cups, which are then nestled one into another to build subtle layers of color.  After being heated and stretched from a thick log to a long thin cane, the glass is cooled and the murrinie are cut and coldworked  to create a thick, flat faced coin of color.  The murrinie are then fused into a sheet, rolled onto a blowpipe and formed into a bubble.  By leaving the murrinie thick, they create additional depth and interest within the object formed as the more transparent and more opaque colors shift within the wall of the vessel.

The vase is approximately 8 and one-half inches tall and 5 inches wide at its widest point and roughly 3 inches from front to back, resulting in the "flattened" as opposed to a "rounded" look of the vase.  It is signed by the artist.  This piece is accompanied by a Certificate of Provenance attesting to your ownership of an original work of art.

Brien Strancar is originally from Canton, Ohio and is a BFA graduate of Bowling Green State University who has been working in glass for over 10 years.  His numerous shows and exhibits include a solo exhibit at The Works (Newark, Ohio) as well as many juried and gallery shows in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Florida.

Brien works out of the Strancar Studios in Toledo, OH.