ALEX AND THE GIANT GLASS ORB

A RARE CREATION

Imagine six artists holding 80 lbs of blown glass spinning on a 45 lb metal rod, next to a 2,000 degree kiln!

“Bringing hot-worked elements into my process is something I have incorporated again recently. I’ve only created a few orbs in my life…it’s very risky, and rarely works. The 'Celestial Orb' is my largest one to date. Due to physical limitations, a collaborative team is required to create these massive works. 

 

I rented out the Museum of Glass facility in Tacoma, Washington, and worked with a team of 6 to 10 artisans to bring this piece to life. Imagine six artists holding 80 lbs of blown glass spinning on a 45 lb metal rod, next to a 2,000 degree kiln!

 

I was really pushed both physically and creatively beyond my comfort level with this project. However, with no risks, there are no rewards. I enjoyed the challenge, and I am thrilled with the result! I am so grateful that a special collector took this journey with me, and that “Celestial Orb” is displayed in such a beautiful environment.” ~Alex Bernstein

 

Another incredible aspect to note: This Glass orb is so thick that it acts as a huge magnifier and will burn a hole in whatever is in its path if it is hit by direct sunlight!

Happy client, Robert S. at home with his new "Celestial Orb."

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