These two large snails one in pink and blue and the other one is just pink look as if they were taken straight from the children’s story book of Dr Doolittle with the giant pink sea snail. A delightful creation by Kent Le Grand these can be used as paperweights or simply displayed on a window sill to catch the sunlight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another large bird by Paul Hayworth and Paul Flett. This item is made of black and bright lemon yellow glass having lovely flowing lines. It measures 21cm from the beak to the tip of the tail and looks very pretty nestled in the garden amongst the foliage.
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.
Made of a light green glass encasing millions of tiny bubbles which gives it a wonderful textural appearance. Created in the Hunter Valley Vineyards during a time of exploration by glass artists around Australia this wombat is a survivor of that era.