Mary Shaffer, ‘Torn Red Hook’, 2012, Sculpture, Slumped glass, found tool, Bellas Artes Gallery
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Mary Shaffer

Torn Red Hook, 2012

Slumped glass, found tool
18 × 4 × 7 in
45.7 × 10.2 × 17.8 cm
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Santa Fe
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Mary Shaffer
American, b. 1946
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A founding artist of the American Studio Glass Movement, Mary Shaffer is celebrated for her pioneering work with glass, which she has been crafting into small, individual objects, mixed-media sculptures, and immersive installations and public projects since the early 1970s. “The reason I like glass is its responsiveness to heat, its responsiveness to gravity, one of the strongest forces in the universe,” she explains. Early in her career, she capitalized upon gravity to develop an innovative method for shaping glass, which she calls “midair slumping.” By holding the molten-hot glass aloft and subjecting it to gravitational pull, she creates undulating, flowing forms. These appear as sheets, waves, lapping tongues, and oozing, liquid masses, which Shaffer often combines with cast bronze, found tools, stone, light, fiber optics, sound, and fire—the element in which her pieces were forged.

Mary Shaffer, ‘Torn Red Hook’, 2012, Sculpture, Slumped glass, found tool, Bellas Artes Gallery
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Mary Shaffer
American, b. 1946
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A founding artist of the American Studio Glass Movement, Mary Shaffer is celebrated for her pioneering work with glass, which she has been crafting into small, individual objects, mixed-media sculptures, and immersive installations and public projects since the early 1970s. “The reason I like glass is its responsiveness to heat, its responsiveness to gravity, one of the strongest forces in the universe,” she explains. Early in her career, she capitalized upon gravity to develop an innovative method for shaping glass, which she calls “midair slumping.” By holding the molten-hot glass aloft and subjecting it to gravitational pull, she creates undulating, flowing forms. These appear as sheets, waves, lapping tongues, and oozing, liquid masses, which Shaffer often combines with cast bronze, found tools, stone, light, fiber optics, sound, and fire—the element in which her pieces were forged.

Mary Shaffer

Torn Red Hook, 2012

Slumped glass, found tool
18 × 4 × 7 in
45.7 × 10.2 × 17.8 cm
Contact For Price
Location
Santa Fe
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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