In 1977, upon seeing Northwest Coast Indian baskets at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Dale Chihuly was fascinated by the effect time had on the woven vessels, how the elements softened them, making them bend and slump. By exploring the malleable qualities of glass, Chihuly successfully achieved his own interpretive vision blown and spun in both delicate and vibrant tones. “I wanted to concentrate on using the fire from the furnace as well as centrifugal force and gravity,” he said of his first representations of the Basket series. “This meant letting glass find its own form.”
The 2017 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition Golden Topaz Basket, presents a true depiction of the artist’s original vision. Two honey-gold vessels constitute this intimate sculpture. Wrapping around both elements, a thin, dexterous ribbon of deep oxblood red, which occasionally strikes black in the annealing process, further defines the asymmetrical Basket forms. The smaller element nestles within the larger creating a diaphanous and weightless introspective environment.
Golden Topaz Basket, signed by Chihuly is handblown and measures approximately eight inches in height. The work is presented with a Plexiglas vitrine for display purposes and the book Chihuly Baskets, with a DVD, both of which will enhance one’s appreciation of this beautiful series.
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