some old glass from last century

Posted: December 7, 2013 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Arachne-by-Mo-Orkiszewski-and-Lee-Gaywood-1987-“Arachne” by Mo Orkiszewski and Lee Gaywood 1987
glass cullet engraved front and back by me with glass cabochons attached to the web by Lee
we made this piece for David Bowie’s Glass Spider Tour but his minions wouldn’t let us meet him!
butterflybell jar by Mo Orkiszewski 1987“Butterfly Bell Jar” by Mo Orkiszewski 1987
an old bell jar engraved with a spiral of butterflies
Arthames-by--Mo-Orkiszewski-1988“2 Arthames” (knives to cut air with) by Mo Orkiszewski 1988
cast, cut & and polished lead crystal blades, rosewood & ebony handles, hand forged silver fittings, star sapphire set into right hand knife hilt
Fish-Tank-by-Mo-1988“Fish Tank” by Mo Orkiszewski 1988
slumped & engraved flashed glass & glass cullet in a tank made of sandblasted 6mm float glass
3-Blue-Triangles by-Mo-Orkiszewski-1989- 3 of the “7 Blue Triangles” by Mo Orkiszewski 1989
“The Flighty Nature of Glass” plique a jour enamel on copper wings , cast sterling silver triangle, hand filed copper “legs”
“Gothic Wood” fretworked rosewood panels in a carved and polished ebony triangle, slumped blue glass base, two old locks held together without a key
“Blue Arthame” cast, cut and polished blue glass, forged & engraved silver hilt with plique a jour enamel on copper panels, cast & carved silver point
Perfect-Imperfection-by-Mo-Orkiszewski-1989“Perfect Imperfection” by Mo 1989
cut and polished cracked glass
Deanna mentioned that the crow cloth reminded her of a spider creating a star web over in Karen Ruane’s SS3 so I unearthed these old slides & have worked out how to scan them at last! Gosh this work was made a long time ago and reminded me of how much we had to spend on film and developing before digital cameras! It’s so easy to document our work now but back then so much went out the door with no records at all….

  1. deanna7trees says:

    oh thanks for posting this, Mo. that webbed piece is gorgeous, as well as the others.

  2. dinahmow says:

    Gloriana! I can imagine the rolls of film…ouch!But so glad you managed to show us. I had a brief love affair with stained glass;would have loved to do more.I think I was “hooked” after spending a day at Devonport(Auckland) Glass Artists.Perfect place on a cold, wet day!

  3. They are beautiful Mo I love the delicacy of the web and cabuchons. Lovely to see your work.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks for the good words Charlotte! I loved working in glass for over20 years, it’s a beautiful & seductive medium…. illustrating & making our books is the focus this century & must say paper is a much more forgiving material to work with!

  4. deedeemallon says:

    your work just blows me away… I thrill to the vocabulary even though I have no idea what lots of those words even mean. you must have been an alchemist in the 13th century….

  5. Tracy Leppold says:

    Husband and I looked at your lovely glass things this morning and said “Oooh, Ahhhhh. ” The blue knife particularly went right to my heart. Ouch! Just kidding, we love it.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Tracy those glass knives really were an attempt to talk about dangerous beauty and they worked

      • Tracy Leppold says:

        Dangerous but so fragile.

        • Mo Crow says:

          ah yes they were fragile, the two clear glass blades arrived broken when they were sent to family in the USA but it’s the nature of the medium… technically a frozen liquid & one of the strongest materials on the planet under compression and yet so easily shattered…

  6. mutabilia says:

    i adore that butterfly bell jar.

  7. Carol says:

    What a feast for the senses! Thank you for sharing your old slides, your work then was as magical as your work is now – but oh so different. The butterfly bell jar… oh, oh oh!

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