William Morris blown glass on display at Hawk Galleries in Columbus

Works in the current show at Hawk Galleries look like artifacts from ancient times and civilizations – tusks, bones, skulls, tools, vessels, and bowls with hieroglyphics. But they’re all blown glass made in present times.

“William Morris: New Archival Treasures” presents 21 works by the renowned glass artist who retired at the age of 49 in 2007 to spend more time with his great love: nature. The “new” in the exhibit title refers to works just released for display from the artist’s collection.

All the works are glass, but are of such diverse form, style and subject they look to have been created by a group of artists, not just one.

Petroglyphic vessel by William Morris

“Burial Urn” (1991) is a gold, textured vase with a skull hidden inside. “Anasazi Pot with Crow” (1991) is a squat amber and brown bowl topped by a black crow, all blown glass.

The huge “Rope Bowl” (1987) is a horizontal, orange and yellow, wave-like vessel. There are two “Wall Panels” (2008, from the archives), each with an assemblage of blown glass animal heads, tusks, birds, beaks and tools.


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