latticino glass heartby Jody Fine
- the story
Like an old-fashioned marble, these small latticino glass hearts are full of vibrant, colorful swirls, stripes and spirals. The lively colorful strips hug the curves of the heart creating one fluid visual statement. Handmade by Jody Fine in Mason, Michigan. Like marbles, each is one-of-a-kind and will vary.
Latticino refers to style and design of old-fashioned marbles, characterized by their unique patterns and colors. The tradition of hand making marbles went out of vogue when the industrial revolution made mass-produced marbles possible.
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- approx. 2.25" H x 2.25" W
- 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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