"Exquisite", "Unique" and "Dramatic "are some of the adjectives used to describe Tina Cooper's glass sculptures. One of the leading figures in Australian Studio glass, she uses Nature - Earth, Fire, Water and Air - to create her art, reflecting her passionate relationship with the environment from which she sources her inspiration.
In the Sealife Collection the Barrier Reef comes to life with Tina’s amazing component work in the pieces. Some of the underwater wonders have taken the team of four glassblowers an entire day to create – such as the Dory fish.
The piece for sale is part of the "Sea Life" series which is full of marine floral and aquatic allusions inspired from the Great Barrier Reef and the beaches and hinterland of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. This particular vessel has the beautiful colours of the pale whites, creams, clear and pinks in rose and pale. Interspersed with the deep vibrant green of the seaweed and with rose coloured anemones. The piece is 330nn high and the widest across the waves at the top is 230mm with the solid base, a greeny shaded clear is 140mm across. The vessel itself could be a trumpet clam with the sealife clinging to the base. It is priced to sell at $2,750.00.
Each sculpture is precise in its execution. Ensuring the perfect piece requires Tina to "dance with fire" orchestrating five highly skilled artisans who work in unison to provide hot pieces of glass for her to create her magic. Every part of the process is critical. Each piece is individually hand-made from liquid currents of molten glass drawn from a 1200c furnace and then fused, layered and placed around a vessel – this technique is called blown hot fusion work.