There is some­thing di­vine about glass.

SHELLY ANAND

India Today - - HOME CONCEPT -

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.

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