From a technical standpoint, the artist Dale Chihuly explains the Persian series as a “tour de force.” Symmetrical in the initial phase of the blowing process, the glass is slowly pushed to the limits of its stability. With the glass heated until it is ready to collapse, its symmetry disappears, and it reaches a point of fine delicacy where gravity takes over in the creation of the final form. The result is an exotic, dramatic, and fluid sculpture rich with color.
The Maya Blue Persian Pair, a 2014 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition, exemplifies the skill and technical aspects that characterize this series. The two-piece composition, interpreted in deep sumptuous blues and vivid orange, immediately captures the eye. The molded ribs create an eloquent scalloping effect emphasizing the fluent movement of the sculpture, its edges gilded with a flame-orange lip wrap. Inside the piece a small, striped element echoes the striking color palette of the work.
This Studio Edition is handblown and measures approximately eleven inches across. The large element is signed by Chihuly. Also included is a display vitrine and the Chihuly Workshop publication Chihuly Persians, a hardcover book that features an essay by Tina Oldknow and sixty photographs detailing this enigmatic series.
The Maya Blue Persian Pair offers a captivating glimpse into Chihuly’s dynamic Persians.
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Photo by David Emery.