Natural-Edge Glassware: Curvy Vases Blown into Organic Wood Forms

Resin is often used creatively to fill in the gaps wooden shapes, but these vases take the opposite approach and employ sliced logs with waned edges as a framing device rather than making it the primary focus of the work.

Los Angeles artist Scott Slagerman worked with Jim Fishman on this Wood & Glass collection, in which each vase is blown into a wooden void.

Naturally, each creation requires careful planning and execution, involving hot materials coming in contact with flammable ones. Some of the works are clear, but reds, purples, greens and oranges playfully compliment and contrast with the woods employed as well, ebbing and flowing as hues do in nature.

Slagerman “has always been captivated by glass – how it is transformed from a fragile, yet unyielding solid state to molten fluidity and back again; and how this mutable substance, through a process that is both delicate and dangerous, can create objects both essential and esoteric.”

He is “fascinated by the role that glass plays in architecture, as well as in the everyday objects that we find around us.” Glassblowing is a an art of speed and dexterity, all the more so when working with something that could catch fire and itself be reshaped by the glass being blown.