Amber Folded is our new piece of cast glass.
A few weeks ago we were at the opening of the Richmond Road Glass exhibition of cast glass at the Form Gallery. This piece by Ainsley O’Connell caught our attention almost the moment we walked in and after, for us, very little vacillation we decided we should buy it. The form’s clean and marked angularity appealed at once – it’s pleasingly architectural which is not surprising given that O’Connell is an architect and lectures in the University of Auckland’s school. Then i suggested to C that the colour was one of his mother’s favourites, and so here was a perfect and apt piece to serve as a remembrance of J for us. He agreed, and so now we have it home, and as different lights catch it, colours range from palest amber to a deep red plum.
The surface texture of cast glass such as this seduces the hand, while the visual weight from thinner edge to softly bulging base pleases in equal measure. I want to write about our other cast glass pieces and refer to yet more we’ve long admired [and coveted!], but i need to take some better photos of them first. I’ll return to this subject another time.