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Rafael Gevorkian creates beautiful, and popular, statement pieces of inch-thick glass that are carved, slumped, etched, stained and painted to reveal designs and color with captivating depth. This piece, titled "Fantasy", is a shallow bowl with the carving and coloring from the bottom so the top surface is smooth and glossy to show the depth of glass. We have other pieces by Rafael in the gallery now including bowls, glass wall panels and spectacular sculptures of his thick glass.
Randi Solin is a new artist to Pinnacle Gallery but certainly is not new to spectacular glass blowing, as seen in her masterful work. She is best known for vessels with a "window" of clear glass that portrays the designs and colors from the inside of the vessel as well as the outside. If that sounds confusing, you've got to see these pieces "live" because the 3-dimensional aspect is impossible to show in an photos.
Scott Amrhein creates very distinctive glass bowls with dramatic forms and colors on bases that give the piece a light, airy feel. This is one of his elliptical "Feather" bowls on a base of wood and oxidized copper. Note how the interior of the glass contrasts with the outside, which varies as the lighting changes. Amrhein is widely known for his work that graces the tables, buffets and shelves of many homes across the country.
Jon Oakes is one of our most creative, talented and adventurous artists. For about 15 years we have sold hundreds of his ceramic Raku vessels and platters, which you can see in the Ceramics section of the web site. About five years ago Jon started blowing glass which requires much different skills and equipment. His blown glass pieces are popular with our customers and Jon recently created a spectacular floor lamp if glass spheres, each with internal lights. Combining his ceramics kilns with blown glass pieces, Jon then tried fusing blown glass into panels and now he is creating beautifully colorful wall panels with the drama of blown glass. This 4-panel piece, about 48" x 48", is now hanging prominently at the gallery desk. We now have other wall panels that are 2-piece, 3-piece and singular in various color combinations.
Donna Gordon is a talented glass blower who is particularly skillful in holding vibrant colors throughout the processes of glass blowing. Her vessels show swirls of brilliant color enhanced by translucent designs. Her delightful glass hearts have flowing colors through the clear glass. One of the most popular glass pieces in Pinnacle Gallery, Donna's hearts make touching gifts that clearly show your love. Priced from $85 to $400, hearts are from about 3 inches tall to 7 inches tall, in many colors.
Send a clear message of your love.
Victor Chiarizia is renowned for his use of vibrant colors and innovative designs. His work reflects an exploration of sculptural shapes and the use of ancient Venetian and modern glassblowing techniques. Fluid forms combined with spirited colors is Chiarizia's unique artistic signature. These tall vases (34" - 42") are perfect for the large open spaces of the homes here in the Sonoran Desert, particularly in the niches built into most area homes.
These fused glass horses by Newy Fagan rank among the most popular glass items in the gallery and it's no surprise since they are uniquely beautiful. There are three sizes: 7-inch-tall ponies, 9-inch-tall horses and 12"-inch tall called just "XL". (This extra-large version is a recent addition to the herd so the correct name for a "giant" horse has not been found yet.) As in this photo, she makes these equines in many colors and there are individual differences. We've found that people who buy one often come back for a few more to form a colorful grouping. They are herding animals, after all.
Innovative "strip construction" is the hallmark of Steve Immerman and his amazing glass pieces. Since craftsmen have been working with glass since prehistoric times you'd think that every possible technique would have been found, but you'd be wrong. Immerman is a pioneer of the techniques that utilize cutting fine strips of glass, fusing them in a kiln and then slumping, cutting and polishing the piece to achieve truly unique, refreshing designs. Even the most savvy glass collectors are in awe of these pieces.
The arts are built upon developing techniques and innovative interpretations to reach new levels. If you have read the description above about strip construction you will appreciate how Dave and Patti Hegland learned the new techniques pioneered by Immerman and then added their own design innovations to arrive at a stunning body of glass works. They have created inserts of clear glass and hand-pulled murrine to open up new parameters in this piece titled "Orange Slice".
A cairn is a stack of stones that is built to mark trails or mountain summits. These intriguing glass cairns by Melanie and David Leppla are blown glass "rocks" fused together to form a delightful glowing sculptural piece, made in an assortment of earth-tone colors. Since these glass cairns mimic the balancing boulders strewn among the hills in this area of Arizona, these are especially fitting in local homes. Glass cairns are often purchased to memorialize journeys or accomplishments, much like the trail-marking stones.
Andrew Madvin is one of the many glass artists who studied at the renowned Pilchuck School of Glass in Seattle and he went on to earn a fine arts degree and a teaching position at the California College of Art & Craft in Oakland. In his own hot glass studio since 2000, he says he seeks "to create glass that expresses a balance between the natural world and a conscious order of man's objective mind". Whatever the inspiration, his "Thorn bowls" add a lot of excitement and color to homes and offices. This is but one example of the series of Thorn bowls made in various sizes and colors, some with contrasting rims.