Gessato Series

Gessato, or pinstrips, describes a distinct feature of these sculptural vessels. Several separate segments are melted into one whole vessel using an Italian process known as encalmo resulting in clean, distinct lines.  Then, in the molten state, the axis of the vessel is switched 90 degrees by attaching a new blowpipe.   The vessel is elongated and expanded along this new axis to create the organic contours and pattern.

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