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Mel Munsen: New Works

Portfolio Gallery, Vancouver
Sept 6, 2001 - Oct 3, 2001


fused and slumped glass bowls (2001),
glass bowls

Mel Munsen, a self-taught glass artist, creates brilliantly-coloured, memorable pieces with lively shapes and rich designs. He has been exhibiting in Canadian craft shows and glass exhibits since he emigrated from the United States in 1970. In 1994 he began experimenting with fusing and casting glass into bowl-like shapes.

Munsen forges delicate stripes, gridlines and textures by layering a Jacob's coat of different colours in a style known as murrini. He is considered to be virtually without peer in his technical perfection of this method that originated in the 1930s.

After releasing the pieces from their molds, Munsen buffs them until they are notably thin. Each delicate object emits a translucent kind of light that has become a trademark of Munsen's style. Viewed singularly or in groups, the bowls make an impressive display.

© Mia Johnson