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Robert Held Cherry Blossom Collection

When Robert Held lived in Vancouver he was captivated by the profusion of cherry blossoms each spring. The trees along Marine Drive and in many parks would burst forth with an amazing display of pink and white blossoms. The city is home to 40,000 cherry trees which bloom between February and May. …

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Sean Kerrigan Feature Collection at Robert Held Art Glass

 

The colour yellow is associated with happiness, creativity, optimism and enlightenment. It’s also the dominant colour of the wonderful new collection created by glass blower Sean Kerrigan, and is proving to be very popular since its introduction last week.

The stemless glasses and small caraf…

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Valentine's Day at Robert Held Gallery

 

As Valentine's Day approaches, our thoughts turn to love and joy. At Robert Held Art Glass we are creating beautiful glass pieces for you to give or receive.

When you're in love your eyes sparkle and we've captured that essence in our special Hearts A'Fire pieces. The secret lies in the use o…

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Design your own Christmas ornament 

 

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We are following Social Distancing Protocols!

  • No more than 3 people in the gallery at one time
  • Maintain a safe distance of 3 meters / 6 feet
  • Sanitize your hands at the door with provided sanitizer
  • We know it's hard once you're here, but please be considerate of others and limit time spen…

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HOT GLASS EXPERIENCE Cancelled until further notice

We want to share the art of glass blowing with you. During your experience you will work one-on-one with an experienced glass blower to create your very own one of a kind piece. You will have a choice of one of several items. Each experience lasts as long as it takes for you to complete your beaut…

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Robert Held Cherry Blossom Collection

When Robert Held lived in Vancouver he was captivated by the profusion of cherry blossoms each spring. The trees along Marine Drive and in many parks would burst forth with an amazing display of pink and white blossoms. The city is home to 40,000 cherry trees which bloom between February and May. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival features art events, tour, picnics and more.

Robert wanted to translate the cherry blossoms into works of art glass. He succeeded in creating a spectacular collection of glass vessels. It is a complex and difficult process to achieve the delicate pinks of the blossoms and the rugged, gnarled tree trunk.

Creating the Cherry Blossoms and Blown Glass Vessel

Close up of cherry blossom cane 

Robert used the cane method for creating the pink blossoms. This involves adding multiple very thin rods of color around a central core and fusing them together into a single cane. This close up photo shows the dark pink central core surrounded by five pale pink and white petals. Each of the petals consist of a white inner core, pale pink outer layer then a very thin wrap of black to define the petal. The petals are combined around the centre to create the cane, which is then stretched so it is very small in diameter and then cut into millimeter-length slices.

The body of the art glass vessel is blown using clear glass to which finely ground colored glass is added to achieve the desired color and opacity. Then a dark colored glass is heated and used to create the tree trunk and branches – this in itself is another complex process. The cherry blossom cane slices are then added and fused with the vessel. Keep in mind that the glass must be kept in motion and occasionally reheated during the process, and you’ll understand that it requires incredible skill to produce each piece. Some of the vessels feature 24 carat gold and each one is truly a work of art.

 

Robert has made available for sale a limited number of art glass pieces in the Cherry Blossom Collection. Visit us in the Parksville location and see why these pieces are some of his favourite. If you’re viewing online, please contact us by email or phone to purchase your special work of glass.

Sean Kerrigan Feature Collection at Robert Held Art Glass

 

The colour yellow is associated with happiness, creativity, optimism and enlightenment. It’s also the dominant colour of the wonderful new collection created by glass blower Sean Kerrigan, and is proving to be very popular since its introduction last week.

The stemless glasses and small carafes incorporate several different glass making techniques. The flowers are creating using murrine, which features in many of the collections at Robert Held Art Glass. Making murrine is an intricate process where different colours of glass are added one over the other to create a multi-coloured core. The next step is to a layer of cane around the core. Very thin rods of coloured glass are laid out on a metal plate then heated. The murine is rolled over the cane and it becomes incorporated; sometimes two or three layers of cane are added. Keep in mind that the glass needs to be reheated several times during the process and you’ll get an idea of how challenging murrine can be to create. The murrine is placed in a kiln to cool overnight then cut into very thin slices using a saw with a diamond blade.

This composite photo shows details of the finished murrine. The orange flower has a dark core surrounded by a layer of orange cane. The yellow flower on the right starts with a core of dark yellow surrounded by red. Surrounding this murine is a layer of white cane which is then overlain by a layer of yellow cane. 

Sean’s collection also incorporates “lip wrap”, or trail, a technique that creates the bright yellow colour on the rim of the glasses. This involves heating a rod of coloured glass then wrapping it in a very fine ribbon around the top of the stemless glass or throat of the carafe. Sounds easy? Think again.

We invite you to come into Robert Held Art Glass gallery and browse through all of the collections. There’s a good chance that you’ll see Sean at work. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a demonstration is worth much more. 

 

Valentine's Day at Robert Held Gallery

 

As Valentine's Day approaches, our thoughts turn to love and joy. At Robert Held Art Glass we are creating beautiful glass pieces for you to give or receive.

When you're in love your eyes sparkle and we've captured that essence in our special Hearts A'Fire pieces. The secret lies in the use of dichroic glass.

Derived from the Greek words "di" and "chroma", this term for glass refers to its ability to transmit one colour and reflect another. The 4th Century Lycurgus Cup, currently in the British Museum, is one of the earliest and most famous pieces of dichroic glass. Trace amounts of gold and silver incorporated into the molten glass changed its properties, resulting in different colours when viewed in different lights. The Cup is green when viewed with light in front and appears red-purple when lit from behind.

Modern dichroic glass is created using different oxides that are "vaporized" and adhere to glass. Multiple layers can be stacked together yet still remain very thing. NASA uses the process to create protective coatings on equipment, including astronaut face-plates, and block the spectrum of harmful light.

In glassblowing studios, dichroic glass in different colour combinations is popular. One colour is transmitted, the colour you see when looking through the glass; the second colour is evident when light is reflected off the glass.

In this photo, Sean is holding a piece of dichroic glass. The small strips on the marber are waiting to be incorporated into a heart. 

At Robert Held Art Glass, our Hearts A'Fire collection features swirls of red, clear and dichroic glass in each unique piece. Whether you choose the small Heartlet or a larger Dichro Heart, you'll be captivated by the sparkle. Once you hold a piece you won't wan to let it go! Treat all of the special people in your life with the gift of sparkle, and keep one for yourself. 

 

 

 

 

Design your own Christmas ornament 

 

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We are following Social Distancing Protocols!

  • No more than 3 people in the gallery at one time
  • Maintain a safe distance of 3 meters / 6 feet
  • Sanitize your hands at the door with provided sanitizer
  • We know it's hard once you're here, but please be considerate of others and limit time spent viewing our glass blowers

We look forward to seeing you soon.

HOT GLASS EXPERIENCE Cancelled until further notice

We want to share the art of glass blowing with you. During your experience you will work one-on-one with an experienced glass blower to create your very own one of a kind piece. You will have a choice of one of several items. Each experience lasts as long as it takes for you to complete your beautiful piece of glass, one that you'll be proud to show all your friends and family.

We currently offer this exciting experience Tuesday to Saturday by appointment.