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Suspended Artifact: Horned Vessel with Antelope Skull

1994
24 x 28 x 10 in. (61 x 71.1 x 25.4 cm)

William Morris
American

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Glass
Credit Line: Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund
Accession Number: 1998.79.1-.5
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Location: Not currently on view

William Morris’ compositions seem more like archaeological finds than contemporary glass. Their colors, surface treatment, forms and markings are references to ancient cultures and mythic beliefs, inviting the viewer to step into a shared past.

Morris began as an assistant to glass artist Dale Chihuly in Seattle. He has become a leader in the studio glass movement and creates his distinctive assemblages with a team at the Pilchuck Glass School, America’s pre-eminent glassmaking center.

The Gallery’s new acquisition is part of the Suspended Artifact series that Morris created in the 1990s. Forms in the shape of skulls, horns, and pouches are blown, reheated, carved and embellished in a strenuous process that has culminated in pieces that appear to be lit from within and charged with spiritual significance.

[Gallery label text, 2004]


Morris began as an assistant to glass artist Dale Chihuly and creates his distinctive assemblages with a team at the Pilchuck Glass School, America's pre-eminent glassmaking center. Created in the 1990s, the Suspended Artifact series comprises forms in the shape of skulls, horns, and puches that are blown, reheated, carved and embellished in a strenuous process that has culminated in pieces that appear to be lit from within and charged with spiritual significance. Morris' compositions seem more like archaeological finds than contemporary glass.

[Selwyn Case "Studio Glass Movement" installation, August 2016 - May 2019]

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Creative Nature 2008 documentary film on William Morris


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