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Stephen Rolfe Powell: Glassmaker (Hardback)
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Stephen Rolfe Powell: Glassmaker (Hardback)

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Hardback 228 Pages / Published: 30/10/2007
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An illustrated introduction to internationally acclaimed glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell's career, this book charts the evolution of Powell's remarkable body of work. Dazzling photographic close-ups not only detail the luminous murrini patterns that have become Powell's signature but also reveal new ways of appreciating the complex interplay of color and texture in his art. Biographical and analytical essays by Mark Lucas, Laurie Winters, and James Yood explore such topics as the teamwork that is so critical to Powell's unique glassmaking process; his teaching and learning experiences on the road, from the former Soviet Union to Salt Lake City during the Olympics; and the story of the two freak injuries that deeply affected his work and how he thinks about it. Reflections by Kenn Holsten, Marvin Lipofsky, Dante Marioni, Bonnie Marx, John Roush, and Lino Tagliapietra further supplement the book. The book's stunning photographs encourage the viewer to see Powell's work from different viewpoints, and they highlight the unique interactions between transparent, opaque, and translucent glass and Powell's bold color combinations. ""Stephen Rolfe Powell: Glassmaker"" vividly portrays the tension and excitement involved in the artist's nontraditional, collaborative approach to working with molten glass.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813124643
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 2009 g
Dimensions: 305 x 254 x 29 mm


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"Winner of OVerall Excellence in the Southern Books Competition." --


"Color delights us from cradle to grave, it grooves some optical pleasure zone that seems almost beyond language, and it is everywhere celebrated in the almost irrepressibly vivacious glass sculpture of Stephen Rolfe Powell." -- James Yood, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, from the book


"" Ostensibly, this work surveys Kentucky glassblower Powell's career, buts its overwhelming impact is really in its demonstration of the astounding revolution in digital imagery and digital printing that has revolutionized art-book productions in the last two decades. Glass is notoriously hard to photograph; hot glass in motion, nearly impossible. Yet photographers Phillips and Harpe here offer 256 lush, truly wonderful close-ups of Powell's works, as well as images of Powel and his assistants in the glassblowing studio as the produce large, bright vessel forms reminiscent of the glass blown on the Venetian isle of Murano."" -- Library Journal


""Powell was a remarkable artist and Glassmaker is an amazing sample of his work."" -- "The Plus Side"


""The University Press of Kentucky has set a new standard for itself in the large and sumptuous tome devoted to the virtuoso glassblower, Stephen Powell."" -- Louisville Courier-Journal


""The photography is both stunning and informative. Powell's unique approach to life, teaching, and work is very inspirational; this volume should be a welcome addition to every library."" -- C. A Ventura, Choice


""The book's power lies in an expert use of photography- huge, many full-page, in your face (10"x12") photos, minute photos- stunning an emotional photos, biographical and insightful photos. A stunner of a book."" -- Glass Focus

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