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NOTE- the price is $320 Australian dollars which is significantly less in American Dollars. Sorry SOLD in the first week it was listed (October 2020).
Background Info and Provenance
(Written in 2020)
A HAND-MADE Don Wreford vase that’s engraved to the base, “Don Wreford Daylesford ’97”. The ’97 would stand for the year of production. Wreford is known as a leading figure in Australian glass and has had solo shows overseas and throughout Australia, notably the Art of Glass exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1998. His work has been acquired by several national and international collections. He taught himself the medium of stained glass in the early 1970’s and then later trained at the Jam Factory in Adelaide under the direction of Stanislav Mellis, Julio Santas and Richard Morell. He set-up several hot glass studios in Victoria before permanently settling in Daylesford not far from Melbourne.
I have chosen to display this piece in my own space. This is going to sound very gay (not that I give a shit about that these days!) but this piece has bought me so much joy. It’s such a simple act (and one that’s basically lost in modern life) but the habit of going out into the garden and choosing foliage and flowers for this vase has reminded me that the simple things in life really are often the best. This vase has a wonderful display of energy- coupled with inspiring foliage and blooms it brings creation into your space- creation from this world-renown artist and of Mother Nature.
This is a major work by Wreford. I don’t think I’ve seen another one by him that’s bigger. This piece incorporates the Incalmo technique made famous by various masters working in Murano, Italy plus a lot of other features. There’s movement in this piece- I see the simmering energy of volcanic forces- liquid molten simmers beneath the earth and when it finds a vent it sees the light of day. I see the glowing yellow as the sun but there are various crystals that have this glowing quality so perhaps this may have been why Wreford chose this colour for the top. I think the top part has uranium oxide in it to give this ethereal luminous quality. “Uranium” glass was made famous in the art deco period (it glows under black light) and has rarely been used since.
It’s obvious this is a hand-worked piece that has come from the hands and heart of a person (and not a machine). Like all of Wreford’s work this is a ONE-OFF piece (he doesn’t tend to create the same thing over and over again like other artists.) It looks like a true piece of art to me- it’s creative and tells a narrative and wasn’t just made to look “pretty”.
Don Wreford pieces are highly-prized (I’ve seen small Wreford perfume bottles sell for around $200). Major pieces from Wreford rarely hit the market. I anticipate that this piece will draw the attention from people who collect Wreford’s pieces (or someone who just loves HAND-CREATED art). This is certainly one to be passed from one generation to the next. There are very few better ways to invest in your home and reduce landfill.
PLEASE NOTE– I put a tall cheap drinking glass (found at Vinnies for $1) in the middle so that foliage would stand up the way I wanted it to. (The Vinnies glass is NOT included in the sale!) This also allowed me to have the foliage in water and not have to worry about clouding or staining the art-glass piece (as I knew I’d be selling it later in my online store). If the water stays below the luminous yellow section you wouldn’t need to do this at home because the bottom section is opaque anyway. It’s been designed to use as a vase.
PLEASE NOTE- I put a tall cheap drinking glass (I found at Vinnies for $1) in the middle so that foliage would stand up the way I wanted it to. (See the full array of photos for further details.) The drinking glass is not included. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
This piece was created by hand in 1997 and presents extremely well for its age. It has NO chips, NO cracks, NO repairs. It has been extremely well looked after. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Measurements- Height- 23 - 24 cm. Across at its widest- 15 cm. Weight- grams. Read our 1200+ ebay feedback comments (ALL for vintage design SALES). This is your guarantee that I strive to describe my items as accurately as I can
PICK-UP . . . from 30 or 40 minutes North of BRISBANE city is accepted but postage is preferred as my home is hard to find. Because of this I will nominate a friend or family member for you to collect the item from if you need collection. Pick-up in person must be worked out prior to purchase- thank you. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE is offered internationally. All our Decorative Arts pieces are delivered through AUSTRALIA POST. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE ESTIMATES. . . . ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ To BRISBANE- most of our pieces cost $15 - $18 to send. . . To SYDNEY or MELBOURNE- Small Vase- around $20 - $23, Medium Vase- around $20 - $25, Large Vase- around $24 - $30. Let us know if you need an EXACT COST for postage prior to purchase. The above postage estimates include $2.95 for a signature on delivery. . . INSURANCE against being lost or broken in transit up to the value of $200 is included in the estimates above. If your vase is cheaper or more expensive than $200 this will effect your postage fee slightly. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A BOXING FEE of $3.00 is included in the fee above to cover the cost of searching for and storing used packing materials. With the millions of cardboard boxes that end up as landfill every year we don’t believe in supporting the manufacture of boxes for post. Instead of buying new boxes and packing materials and passing this cost onto our customers we spend considerable time sourcing used boxes and then fashioning boxes to fit each item. We do the same for bubble-wrap and foam pieces. This requires a large investment of time, energy, ingenuity, organization and storage space- it is much easier and cheaper to buy new packing materials but I can’t justify taking the easy way out when so much packing material ends up polluting our earth. Our $3.00 charge does little to pay for the time (and storage) needed do this and to pack your item (there is also the time needed to get your package to the post office). This is something we’re happy to do for our customers and the environment. We appreciate your support in this area.
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