HERE’S AN OUTSTANDING 14 1/4” SIGNED FUSED AND SLUMPED KILN-FIRED STUDIO ART GLASS BOWL DESIGNED BY SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA ARTIST MICHAEL LEEDS AND CREATED AT CLARITAS GLASS STUDIO THAT DISPLAYS A CIRCULAR EIGHT-PETALED FORM WITH A VISUALLY STRIKING HALLOWEEN-LIKE ORANGE SUN IN THE CENTER RADIATING PURPLISH-RED FLAMES SURROUNDED BY A BLACK OUTER BORDER!
Dimensions: The bowl measures approximately fourteen and one quarter inches (14 1/4”) in diameter by three inches (3”) in height.
Signature: Signed on the underside outer rim area “Claritas M. Leeds ‘97” In addition, there is an original paper label that reads “Hand Crafted in California”
Condition: Very good and clean condition. The bowl’s interior is absolutely beautiful! However, and please read, there is some visible wear on the underside bottom where the bowl meets the counter.
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(the following information about artist Michael Leeds is courtesy the website for Benlo Park)
In the 80s, West Coast glass artist Michael Leeds, was working at what was then Bonny Doon Studios and receiving commissions to develop large scale leaded glass "environments." A popular restaurant was conceived as a showcase for the most evolutionary glass of the time, and Leeds work stood out. His designs were inspired by the organic lines of Art Nouveau, with artists such as Gallé and Tiffany, as well as the early 1930s; a time Leeds feels was the pinnacle of the Industrial Revolution's integration with art, as evinced by films like Fritz Lang's, Metropolis and architecture, such as the Chrysler Building in New York.
Leeds continues to imagine new ways to integrate his glass designs into different environments. In the 90s, when serious illness encroached on his day-to-day creativity, he found the resources to continue his work in glass, and in fact, launched himself in yet another direction of captivating imagery.
"Inspired by traditional Japanese wood block prints (Ukiyo-e), I have taken the accumulation of 30-plus years of working in the American art glass tradition into a new mode of expression for myself." Leeds says, "Having been diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning from a lifetime of working as an artist, using lead is no longer an option. I find it interesting that it takes a crisis in our lives to initiate change."
"The recent availability of a full palate of compatible glass allows me to assemble art glass panels free from the tyranny of the lead line. This also accelerates the process tremendously."
"This body of work was produced at Claritas Studios, a world-class facility, where old world technique fuses with cutting edge technology."
Like an intricate jigsaw puzzle of small glass shapes, designs are formed of many separate pieces fused together. No paints or pigments are used. The inlaid pattern shapes must fit within a micro-measure to successfully fuse, an extraordinary feat. Until now, this has never been achieved. But by wedding new technology to the ancient art of glass fusing, at Claritas, Leeds is able to create an historical evolution in art glass.
"My dialogue is basically with the glass, using technique and technology to push the envelope' of what is possible. These glass pieces collect, transmit, and reflect light in unending possibilities depending on the ambient environment."
The fused glass panels of Leeds' are a revelation for anyone who has enjoyed the craft of stained-glass, but felt it was perhaps stifled by its lead-lines and church-decor associations.
The luminous colors and motifs of Leeds are as invigorating as an unfurled roll of Japanese silks. The pieces are lush, with winking and shimmering opalescence, and they evoke a sense of meditation befitting the Ukiyo-e works which inspired this recent body of work. And, as inspiring, they celebrate a healthier body back to work.
(the following information about Claritas Glass Studio is courtesy the company’s website)
Inspired by the traditions forged by Tiffany, Galle and Daum, Claritas was created by artist and founder Michael Honack. His dedication to advances in new methods for expressing infinite vision in glass has resulted in a new generation of unique three-dimensional hand cast glass. Michael began in 1994 by building a new breed of art glass studio from the ground up. Claritas is a world class facility located in Northern California outfitted with the finest equipment and skilled craftspeople. It is vision, talent and continual drive of Michael and his team of committed staff that contributes a rich new vocabulary to each glass artpiece created in our studio.
Each creation is a uniquely distinctive work that brings glass to life. Look closely and you will discover its story. Our clients share a love of the interplay of glass, light and color – displaying Claritas glass not only as fine art but also integrating it into their surroundings. Claritas understands the importance of each piece reflecting the environment for which it is intended. We will gladly help you realize your artistic vision in glass by creating a custom work for you.
From its inception, Claritas Studios has specialized in the masterful production of glass art for the lighting and architectural markets. Today, Claritas continues the tradition of transforming glass and light into breathtaking works of art. The artists of Claritas draw inspiration from flora, fauna, ocean depths, spiritual realms, and the Far East. Using a proprietary process, our glass masters meld traditional arts with modern kiln-casting techniques.
Each creation is a uniquely distinctive work, carefully infused with a calming, meditative spirit. Glass is brought to life, diaphanous and pristine. Each piece tells its own story. Our clients share a love of the interplay of glass, light, and color, not only displaying Claritas creations as fine art but also integrating them into their surroundings as windows, doors, dividers, and tabletops.