There is something divine about glass.
looks at two artists who have learnt to craft this material to create state-of-the-art works.
M ost magical of all materials and highly versatile, glass is a tough ingredient to work with. Its shiny source which transmits light and comes in a palette of pretty hues is the reason behind its rising profile as a decorative element in most homes. While it has been around for thousands of years, it was not always considered an art form as it is today, and was restricted to mere functional uses in the form of containers and vessels to hold and store things. It was the Romans who began to use it for architectural purposes with the discovery of clear glass in Alexandria around AD 100. The rest was as they say was history. A household accessory now, it can be used in every room and there are several ways to create and dress a piece of art from glass. If it can be used to create bright-coloured vases, platters, bottles, jars, objets d’art and figurines, it can also be used for producing shimmering lights, trendy floor tiles, and smart furniture. All this is made possible by employing the technique of hand-blown glass where sculptors work at a furnace full of molten glass using metal rods and hand tools to blow and shape it. We look at two such artists—Srila Mookherjee and Uma Singh—both of whom play with the delicate medium in diverse ways.