The "stardust" marbles you flicked across the dirt have nothing on these breathtaking glass wonders.
Gateson Recko produces what he calls
"universe marbles" -- like tiny pieces of sci-fi space, complete with
floating planets, fumed nebulae and speckled stars of coloured glass. The
marble above has planets of coloured glass, with a swirl and burst of fumed
colour, produced by infusing gold or solver with the glass. Typically, his
works of this nature sell for around $1,500 to $2,000. You can see a video of one of his marvels here.
turns to sci-fi and biology for many of his creations. Of particular
awesomeness is his Alien Xenomorph series, which combines both, with a glass
sculpture of an alien Xenomoprh skeleton encased in borosilicate glass --
popular in art glass for its durability and high resistance to thermal shock. You
can find a small number of Arnold's works for sale here.
Sean Clayton uses 99.999 percent pure silver to create fumed reproductions of
cosmic phenomena. This involves taking a small piece of silver and attaching it
to a knob of molten glass. As the metal vaporises, the vapour infuses with the
glass, creating an array of colours. In the case of Clayton's works, some of the
small "bubbles" resembling stars in the glass are not bubbles at all,
but small particles of the silver trapped inside. You can find more here.
Kenan Tiemeyer (website under
construction) specialises in fuming, combined with dichroic glass -- that
is, glass that has been fused with micro-layers of various metals to produce a
shimmering, colour shifting effect -- and opals. The opals used in art glass aren't,
however, natural opals, which are unable to withstand the heat of molten
borosilicate glass. Instead, glass artists use synthetic opals made using the Gilson formula, a
process which takes 14-18 months and produces an opal of similar composition to
natural opals, but higher durability. You can follow Tiemeyer on Facebook.
Tim Keyzers is
known for making beautiful marbles encased in copper shells,
resembling small, spherical machines or tiny worlds contained in a copper
housing. His strange, alien mountain formations are created by melting chunks
of coloured glass in with clear glass, and he often includes a Gilson opal,
resembling a small moon or spacecraft. You can see more of his work on Facebook.
The work of John Bridges
incorporates fumed and coloured glass, divided into several series. He recently
seems to have started moving on from his intricate yet creepy eyeball phase
from 2013 and into something a little more cosmic, incorporating opals into strange, hungry landscapes.
of Japan's best flameworkers is Daisuke Saito, famous for his use of precision
symmetry, ghostly fuming and perfectly positioned opals. He also makes stunning
glass sculptures, some of which which you can find on Brian Bowden's Glass ORBits.
combines fuming, colourwork and implosion -- a technique that involves placing
dots of coloured glass onto the surface of a molten ball of clear glass, then stretching
the glass so that the points of colour "implode" into stretched
AKA Scoz, has this magnificent trick for his marbles. Not only is he a master
of a whorled, fumed dot vortex, he is also a master of trapping a perfect
bubble of air inside the glass at the centre of the vortex looking down. This
produces an effect like looking through the wrong end of a telescope,
reproducing the glass art in miniature through the bubble. You can see this
effect in action on his Facebook page.
does some amazing things with fuming, creating intricate vortices of wispy
glass coloured with silver and 24 carat gold. Because the flame he uses is very
large and very hot, he is able to produce some fascinating works, and very
rarely does he use premade coloured glass. You can view more of his amazing
work on his Facebook page.