Artist: William Morris
Title: Bird Finial
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: With stand 4.5" x 9"
Inscription: Signed and dated on bottom
Condition: Excellent quality, please contact gallery for a detailed condition report
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
William Morris is an American leading glass sculptor. After working as the chief gaffer in the Chihuly workshop, Morris left to develop his now renowned artistic style. His glasswork uniquely imitates ancient carved stones and woodwork. He creates hauntingly evocative and beautiful pieces that embrace mythology, ancestry, and history.
Informed primary by ancient civilizations such as Egyptian, Asian, and other indigenous cultures, Morris embodies spirituality in his works. His glasswork differs from modern and contemporary glasswork as it highlights the harmony between nature and the spiritual world around us. Furthermore, Morris uses a unique technique of rich color and acid wash to makes his pieces look older than they are.
"Bird Finial" embraces his interest in animals as subjects. Animals, more specifically birds, were often given spiritual importance in ancient and indigenous cultures. They often served as spirit guides or personification of deities. To embody these qualities, the bird resembles a finial, an ornament typically at the top, corner, or end of an object often found on roofs or other high parts of a building.
"Bird Finial" includes a gallery certificate of authenticity and the original foam fitted box from William Morris studios. The work is signed and dated on the bottom.
About William Morris:
William Morris was born in Carmel, California in 1957. He is an American glass artist who has been able to change the history of art within his lifetime. Morris was educated at California State University in Chico, California as well as Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. ?In 1978, Morris arrived at the Pilchuck Glass School and found work initially as a driver. Later, he worked with Dale Chihuly, the founder of the school, and eventually became his chief gaffer in the 1980s. Morris remained with Chihuly for about 10 years before deciding to form his own studio and develop his own artistic style of glass blowing.
For more than twenty-five years, William Morris has captivated and intrigued the art community with hauntingly evocative and beautiful glass sculptures. He has captured the imagination time and again by creating objects that appear to be ancient stone or woodcarvings, not the modern glass sculptures they actually are. His art speaks of human origins, myth, ancestry, and ancient civilizations. It symbolizes a harmony between humanity and nature and provides a ghost-like bond to the world around us – a world that is often forgotten, ignored, and abused.
Morris gathers much of his inspiration from ancient cultures from around the world – Egyptian, Asian, Native American – all peoples who respected and admired the land they inhabited. Because of this, Morris’s artwork has become something all its own: culturally distinct and yet familiar to all cultures. His pieces embody a spiritual quality that sharply contrasts old beliefs with those of the modern world. These objects speak to our senses and continuously beg us to explore them further.
Morris achieved much success during his career and retired in 2007. He spent over twenty-five years honing his skills and pushing the medium of glass further than anyone, including himself, could ever have imagined.