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Master glassblower Stuart Abelman is renowned for his rich colors, optical brilliance, and layers of vaporous and iridescent glass. Stuart received his Bachelors degree from Carnegie Mellon University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA, both in Fine Art. He has lectured at universities and symposiums throughout the United States, as well as to the American and Japanese Glass Art societies. His work has been exhibited in major galleries and museums throughout the world and is included in many public and private collections including the Oakland Museum and the permanent collection of the Corning Museum of Glass Stuart Abelman¡¯s unique style is a hybrid of Art Nouveau and contemporary aesthetics. This combination results in works that are not only breathtaking, but whispering of timeless history. Stuart¡¯s series, Geode and Aquarium Sculptures results in a glowing interior inhabited by fish, coral, and kelp. The viewer¡¯s experience is highlighted by the fish-eye effect from the curved facet. In another series, Floral Vases, Stuart creates vivid floral images of iris, orchids, and black eyed Susans among others on an opaque or translucent vessel. Stuart achieves these beautiful details through a process called torchworking were thin rods of colored glass are applied to a mass of molten glass using a torch.
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