Smaller Clear/White Vase Form
On View In:
Gallery 240
Artist:   Joel Philip Myers  
Title:   Smaller Clear/White Vase Form  
Date:   1990  
Medium:   Blown glass with applied shards  
Dimensions:   14 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (36.83 x 39.37 x 10.48 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser  
Location:   Gallery 240  

After a career in advertising in the 1950s and 1960s Meyers studied art at the Kunsthaandvaerkerskolen in Copenhagen before serving as design director for Blenko Glass Company in Milton, West Virginia from 1963-1970. While there, he became captivated by the early studio glass movement activities in the 1960s. Myers developed the glass program at the University of Illinois-Normal into a highly influential one during his tenure from 1970-1997. He distinguished himself in the glass world in the 1980s with his narrow, vessels-as-canvas, of which this is a particularly subtle example: after blowing a large, heavy, spherical form in white glass cased in clear, he flattened it and "painted" a scene with glass shards applied to the surface, which is textured for further opacity. However, the paintings are abstract, characterized by Myers as "vestiges of memory, glimpses of color, forms; essences of the real thing."

Name:   Myers, Joel Philip  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, born 1934  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date above foot on one side, incised: [Joel Philip Myers 1990]  
Classification:   Glass (Do Not Use)  
Physical Description:   flattened disk-shaped vessel with very small foot; orange, blue, yellow and white irregularly-shaped elements layered on surface; clear/white glass  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   2012.112.24  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts