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Image of Pear

Flora Mace (aka Flora C. Mace)
American, born 1949
Joey Kirkpatrick
American, born 1952



Object Type: Glass
22 1/4 in. x Diam: 12 1/4 in. (56.52 cm x 31.12 cm)
Medium and Support: Free-blown glass
Accession Number: 2001.0009

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, Decorative Arts Fund

Currently On View

Collaborating artists Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace began creating this pear with a slump of clear hot glass that they blew out on the blowpipe into a circular shape. They modeled the shape while it was still hot, and when the pear reached the desired form, the artists then applied the colors. In Mace’s words, “The process we use when making the glass fruit and vegetable forms is unique. Our approach evolved out of our experience using the two-dimensional painting tradition. As in painting, we have learned to build layers of color by sifting colored crushed glass powders onto hot glass during the blowing process. It was exciting to find a method of “painting” onto three dimensional blown glass, creating forms with a painterly surface of realistic color and textures.”

"Pear" has a brown-speckled upper portion atop a surface otherwise characterized by varying tones of yellow. It has a realistic and striking appearance with its beautiful organic shape and color-infused boldness. It is an example of Mace and Kirkpatrick's well-known work of the 1990s when they focused on creating large-scale fruits and vegetables.

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