Crystal Clarity
Artist BERNSTEIN, William
Birth 1945, Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
   
Title Jar with bear couple lid
Date 1973
Place Burnsville, North Carolina
Medium blown and hot-worked glass
Dims 25.2 x 20.0 x 13.0 cm
Collection National Gallery of Australia
Creditline Crafts Board of the Australia Council Collection 1980
AccNo 82.2317.A-B
  William Bernstein is one of a group of American glass artists whose work in the 1970s demonstrated a looser approach to glassblowing, introducing humour and cartoon-like imagery into their work. His technique of 'sketching' with molten glass on to blown forms allows him to build a fluid narrative into the work, in this case, a humorous allusion to the association of bears and honey in the distorted form of a domestic glass honey jar.

 

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Jar with bear couple lid, BERNSTEIN, William; 1973, Crafts Board of the Australia Council Collection 1980
Neckpiece, COURTNEY, Giselle; 1989
Decanter, DRESSER, Christopher; HUKIN & HEATH, ; 1892
Fronding Vase, HALL, Fiona; 1999
Untitled (knife 2), ROBERTS, Neil; 1984, Funded by Crafts Board, Australia Council
Vase, ROUSSEAU, François-Eugène; APPERT FRÈRES, ; 1878
holes, TAKAHASHI, Yoshihiko; 1998, Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the Gallery
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Jar with bear couple lid, BERNSTEIN, William; 1973, Crafts Board of the Australia Council Collection 1980