Tuesday, June 10, 2014

You ain’t seen nothing ‘til you’ve seen murrine

A glass dish using the murrine technique.

Glass Artwork has been around for centuries. But murrine is a 4000-year-old glass technique that dates back to the ancient Middle East. 

According to Visual News: “Using long rods of glass cane, intricate patterns can be built into a loaf like form, only revealing the hidden details when a slice is cut off. While you’ve probably seen the technique used in patterned glass work at your local art gallery, you’ve never seen the astounding level of detail achieved in these reinterpreted paintings from Loren Stump."

I was so impressed with his work; I decided to feature him in my blog. Amazing was my first reaction. When I finally saw the incredible detail in each piece, I could only say “Wow!” Stump’s work truly has that wow factor.

As a native of Sacramento, California, Loren Stump’s career began over 41 years ago as a stained glass artist. In 1993 Loren discovered his natural talents with glass in molten form. Self-taught, he quickly mastered advanced shaded murrine, intricate sculpture, and paperweight encasement. One innovative technique Loren is known for is the manipulation of a two dimensional murrine sliced into a three dimensional form.

Mr. Stump is also showcased for his large scale lamp work, sculptures made of soft glass, and masks. Loren’s progressive methods and expertise, along with the use of his own inventive tools, keep him in demand as a remarkable glass artist and instructor. Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Loren is known for sharing his wisdom openly as an entertaining, patient, and tireless instructor and demonstrator.

Loren’s incredible artwork has been displayed or is currently on display at the Corning Museum of Glass, The Ertz Israel Museum, and the Kyokei Fujita Glass Museum.

Link to view Loren Stump’s incredible glass artwork:

Another master glass blower Davide Salvadore can be seen at work here:

The Corning Glass Museum has a series of videos not only on murrine, but on glass blowing in general that are both interesting and educational. Here is their link: