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This is Art: Witches’ Balls?

September 6, 2017 in Art,Art Gallery,Art Glass,Artists,Color,Colorado | Comments (0)

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If you never heard the term, Witches’ Balls, you are not alone. But to many who collect these ornaments, they help protect from evil spirits. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery, they are beautiful decorative blown glass ornaments. But why are they called Witches’ Balls?

Modern day witches balls are decorative replicas of the hollow sphere of colored glass traditionally used as a fishing float. Today, you can find blown glass made to look like Christmas tree baubles that contain a few thin fibers strung inside.

Colorado Glass Blower Dottie Boscamp creates a signature Witch Ball that is iconic of the Colorado Aspens.

Why the term “Witches’ Balls”? Floating glass buoys became connected with witches during witch hunts in England. In the late 17th century, suspected witches were tried by being tied up and thrown into water. If the water rejected them from a second baptism and they floated, then the suspects were confirmed as witches, under the rule of trial by water, and they were then hung by the neck until dead.  In a like manner these heavy glass fishing floats, all tied up in a net, could not be made to sink. The water rejected them and they bobbed merrily upon its surface. Historically, witches’ balls were hung in cottage windows in 17th and 18th century England to ward off evil spirits and spells, witches, and ill fortune. Just as hanging a witch was believed to remove evil influences from a village, hanging a tried and tested witch’s ball that had been floating in water, around a home, was believed to protect the home from similar ills. Usage has continued to a smaller extent in America up to the present day.

Whether you believe in Witches or not, we enjoy the folklore and especially enjoy sharing these colorful ornaments blown by Dottie Boscamp.

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Calling All Glass Lovers

September 4, 2010 in Art,Artists | Comments (0)

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Black Bowl with Aventerine Stripe

Black Bowl with Aventerine Stripe

There are many forms of glass art. Some you can even wear.  But we want you to see some of our spectacular fused pieces to adorn your home or office.  Our frequent visitors know Donna Gordon and her free-form blown glass.  Donna creates beautiful pieces from small table-top adornments to large, wall platters for a big splash. 

To complement our glass art, we just added Daniel Hewett’s bold, contemporary fused glass which is a very different process and look compared to blown glass. Fused glass is created by melting glass in a kiln.  Pieces are cut and arranged, heated in a kiln for several hours at 1400° to 1500°F. Individual pieces of glass liquefy and fuse (melt) together into a single piece of glass. When the glass has reached the desired state, the kiln is shut off, and annealing begins. Annealing is a slow cooling process to prevent internal stress (this process is similar to the process used for cooling down blown glass). Once the glass has returned to room temperature, slumping is begun. Shaped glass is suspended over a stoneware or stainless steel mold and slowly heated to take on the shape of the mold. As the glass reaches internal temperatures in the 1200° to 1350°F, the glass becomes soft yet pliable. The glass stretches and sags to fit the mold. As it reaches its desired shape, the kiln is shut down and annealing begins to cool the piece for its final stage. Dan’s contemporary pieces are eye-catching and now available at Hunter-Wolff Gallery.  If you love glass and how it feels to your touch, stop by for a close-up of  Donna’s blown glass and Dan’s fused art glass.  They both make great stand-alone pieces and happy partners with your wall art.

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It’s Never Too Late

December 22, 2009 in Art,Artists,jewelry | Comments (0)

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DSCN1714aspen-pot-wc5.5 x 2.5RedGoldVaseAutumnSonata28 x28In just a few days you and your loved ones will be gathering to exchange holiday gifts and good cheer.  You’ve heard it a hundred times, “it’s not the gift that counts but the thought”.  But, the truth is you want to give something that will be remembered).  If you are still scrambling to find the perfect art gift but are perplexed about what to choose, pick up a Gallery Gift Certificate.  Let your loved one pick exactly what they want.  We can gift box it for you or simply enclose it in a personally addressed envelope so you can hang it on the tree or slip it in the Christmas stocking.  Certificates from the gallery allow the gift certificate holder to select from our beautiful jewelry collections, hand-blown glass, pottery, original paintings, and more—all made right here in Colorado.  They can even mix and match or put your gift toward something bigger that can be placed on lay-away.  It’s Never Too Late to give the perfect gift. And remember, it’s always a great idea for birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special gift-giving time. Just call and we will help in a jiffy.

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