Category Archives: Beads and Sculptural works

Two Citrus squeezers by Kent Le Grand

These two citrus squeezers as well as being useful conversation pieces they are also very decorative and can be left out on display. The shape of the handle with its ridges gives a firm grip for ease of use while making your morning juice or just to squeeze some lemon on fish.  Made by well known artist Kent Le Grand of Western Australia who sadly passed away early in 2011 they will become a collector item.

Two Citrus Squeezers by Kent Le Grand
Two Citrus Squeezers by Kent Le Grand

Australian Grass Tree by Alison Mortiss

This unusual picture of a grass tree (or Black Boy) is crafted by Alison Mortiss of Creative Moods Stained Glass Studio.  Formed by fusing layers of glass with chips, stringers and frits of varying grades assembled to create the design and then fired.  This type of work is called warm glass as it uses a kiln and cold glass pieces arranged rather than a furnace which uses molten glass to produce the items.  Alison uses Spectrum System 96 glass for her artworks so that the coefficient is compatible (which means that  the shrinkage rate of the glass pieces is similar to prevent cracking). In certain lights with the iridising to the surface this piece looks like a grass tree in the desert at sunset.

Australian Grass Tree by Alison Mortiss
Australian Grass Tree by Alison Mortiss

 

Two Blue Eggs by Unknown Artist

These two beautiful blue glass eggs are a delight for display at Easter or any time of the year. One is speckled with a blue and white almost crystalline design looking rather like snowflakes or florets as though it were enamelled over a clear body.  The other has a large bubble piercing through a cobalt blue splash that swirls inside with bubbling to the blue creating internal nodules. Although they are not signed I was assured that they are Australian and indeed I have seen this style of work before however for the life of me I can not remember the artist either.

Two Blue Eggs by Unknown Artist
Two Blue Eggs by Unknown Artist

Shell Form by Tina Cooper

This is a stunning and colourful piece bearing all of Queensland artist Tina Cooper’s hallmarks with its vibrant colour  that is typical of her style in the shell form series. The shell form has a bright yellow interior with multi-coloured mottling and a vivid blue iridescent coating to further enhance the item.   Tina has been a prolific glass artist for many years and her work is collected both here in Australia as well as gaining respect overseas pushing the value of her work up.

Shell Form by Tina Cooper
Shell Form by Tina Cooper

Echidna Probably by Helmut Hiebl

This charming little Echidna is probably made in Australia and thanks to Tim identified as probably the work of Helmut Hiebl .There is a moulded stamp of “H H”  with an “A” between the two but direiectly below. It is in clear glass cast in a mould and is intended to be viewed from the back which is flat. This piece reminds me of the adorable little creature depicted on our five cent piece which may have been the inspiration for this sculpture.

Echidna
Echidna Probably by Helmut Hiebl

 

Pink and White Shell Form by Martini Glass

Martini Glass was a company run by Mark Galton and Tina Cooper before they went their separate ways. While together they created some wonderful organic styled pieces such as this shell form in a clear glass with white and pink streaking. The body has some pinched nodules on the underside adding interest to the item.  You can see the influence of Tina Cooper as she is world recognised for her organic styling.

Pink and White Shell Form
Pink and White Shell Form by Martini Glass

Multi Coloured Bird by Paul Hayworth and Paul Flett

A striking multi coloured and clear glass bird. Measuring an impressive 22cm from the beak to the tip of the tail. This was created by Paul Hayworth and Paul Flett at the Hungerford Hill Vineyard in New South Wales for a few short years during the early 1980’s  which is now known as Hunter Valley Gardens.

Multi Coloured Bird by Paul Hayworth and Paul Flett
Multi Coloured Bird by Paul Hayworth and Paul Flett