glass caneby Jody Fine
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Walk The Line
A whimsical treat for the eyes, this rainbow stripe glass cane is sure to put a spring in your step and turn plenty of heads.
Handmade by artist Jody Fine, who created the cane after his 90-year-old mother broke her back. When she graduated from a walker to a cane, Jody wanted to give her something with a little extra style.
Fanciful and fun, like a piece of ribbon candy, this glass cane is luxuriously weighted and silky smooth, and hand blown in the lattacino style. Handmade in Mason, Michigan.
Latticino is derived from the word latte (Italian for milk). Originally, the term described a glass-blowing technique in which thin milk-white strands were fused to clear glass, but it now refers to strands of both white and colored glass.
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- 30" - 36" (please specify desired height); approx. 8 lbs.
- the maker
Artist Jody Fine, long recognized as a master of his craft, says of his work, "I am one lucky fellow! I love to get up in the morning, hug my wife and son, and get into the studio. I hope that some of my joy and delight comes through in my work."
Accomplished in the classical Italian techniques of latticino, murrini and millifiori, Fine uses these ancient methods to create contemporary "off-hand" blown pieces.
Jody's one-of-a-kind works include sculptural forms and vessels distinguished by bright multicolored patterns and loose organic shapes. Following studies at New York's Bard College, the University of California at San Diego, Jody received a National Endowment for the Arts master-apprenticeship grant to study glassblowing under Maestro William Bernstein. After completing his apprenticeship in the 1970s, Jody formed a partnership with Dick Marquis and Jack Wax in Berkeley, California. He established his own studio, J. Fine Glass, in 1980.
Jody has conducted workshops and seminars at major universities and design schools throughout the country, including Detroit's Center for Visual Studies, California State Universities at San Jose and at Sonoma, the Penland School of Crafts, the Pilchuck School, UCLA, and the California College of Arts and Crafts. His works have been shown at major museums and galleries, including the American Crafts Museum in New York, the Seattle Museum of Art, The Triton Museum in California, the Habitat Gallery in Michigan, The deYoung Museum in San Francisco, Seekers Gallery in California, the Jewish Museum in New York and in the "American Glass" exhibition shown at museums throughout Japan.
Jody's pieces reside in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Marble Collectors Society of America, the Smithsonian, the Corning Glass Museum and President Bill Clinton's White House collection. Several are currently traveling in the U.S. with the "Hot and Cool" Exhibition.
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