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Through the Looking Glass…

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©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

Artist Jiyong Lee does things with glass I didn’t think were possible. He joins pieces of glass of varying shades and degrees of translucency to represent cell division and the beginnings of life. I find his results absolutely fascinating and profoundly beautiful. Rather than blowing or firing the glass, he uses a process called cold working. This means he carves, cuts, sands, and laminates the glass chunks until they’ve formed a single, seamless piece. The resulting works are so perfect, so other-worldly, they look computer-generated, but he assures us that these are unretouched photographs of the pieces. They look so gloriously cool and smooth, I want to touch them.

His works are displayed at the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, New York. I haven’t been there in decades, but I remember it being wonderful, and now I’m certainly going to go back. Here he is in one of the museum’s videos talking about and illustrating his process:

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

©Jiyong Lee

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Through the Looking Glass…

  1. These are an absolute treat to the eyes! I’ll read up more about this man and his techniques. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. I have a question for you. When I post youtube links, they show up with the http://www.youtube.com/dkdgkgd? This started happening on Friday. How do I make it a photo preview like your’s & my previous blog posts?

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  3. Donna, thank you so much for sharing this. You are a gate to overwhelming arts and knowledge. This is really beautiful!

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  4. I grew up just a few hours from Corning Glass and remember going to the museum as a wide-eyed kid. Fabulous workmanship!!

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    • I went once in the eighties, and it really made a big impression on me. Beloved and I were driving through Corning a couple of years ago, and I convinced her to stop. It was just as lovely as I remembered!

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  5. Interesting work. And I would love to go to the Corning Glass factory one day.

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    • It is really lovely. When I went in the eighties, the Corning plant had closed, so there were all these formerly-beautiful Victorian houses falling into ruin. It was so sad! Then telecommuting happened, and I’m happy to report the neighborhood is thriving again and nearly all of the painted ladies are returned to their former glory!

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  6. Really beautiful post Donna, he is very talented 😀

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