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Art Glass by Chris Heilman

Click to view Coral Reef sculptures by Chris Heilman
Coral Reef sculptures
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Floral vases

About the work: About the artist:
When he's not creating works of art out of glass, Chris Heilman can often be found fishing.
The remarkable detail in Chris Heilman's glass art is achieved by using traditional lampmaking and murrini techniques. Heilman spends a considerable amount of time pre-making the numerous band-pulled glass rods and canes, called murrini that are used to create the design elements inside each sculpture. The earliest known murrini were made around 1500 BC by the Egyptians.

Creating each piece himself, from initial design to final execution, Chris Heilman torch-melts the rods and murrini bits so that it is like "painting" with brilliantly colored molten glass layering each piece from the inside out, he sculpted a three dimensional underwater seascape. The final stage involves encasing the interior assemblage in clear molten crystal.

"I strive for authenticity," explains Heilman, "but I don't plan or sketch the pieces. It happens spontaneously. I make the actual fish I have seen, but I think technically of the colors together; the pieces, to me, are about color, about playing with color." Entire contents © Copyright NJM Gallery, Portsmouth NH (603) 433-4120.

Glass artist Chris Heilman
Above image © Copyright by Not Just Mud!
1950, New Haven, Ct.
  • Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
  • Pilchuck Glass Center, Stanwood, WA
  • Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Experimental Glass Workshop, New York, NY

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