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Oro Vug in Purple I




H 25 cm W 27 cm D 13 cm


Handblown & sculpted glass with gold




'Oro Vug in Purple I' is a unique handblown sculpture by the British artist, Samantha Donaldson.

Created from layers of clear and rich purple coloured glass with 24 carat gold leaf, these elements merge creating the illusion of swirling gold inclusions within a mass of colour. An additional optical illusion is also created as these are not solid pieces, hidden within, is a small, hollow interior space.

These require intense making from the initial blowing to create the amorphic form, through to the laborious cold work working and cutting, to literally slice a section of the piece away and then polish the revealed surface.

Inspired by the internal structures of naturally occurring geodes, it was during these investigations that Donaldson created a series of works influenced by the exploration of the 'vug', which is the internal space within a geode. A continuous theme to her work, the aim being, to draw the viewer into the internal movement of each unique piece.

The artist can also create pieces to commission, please contact the gallery for further information.

Samantha Donaldson

Oro Vug in Purple I