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Background Info and Provenance

(Written in 2012- if I got another one of these today I’d certainly price it at more $170- this iNVISeDGE buyer got a great investment! These days I’m inclined to think the numbering most certainly indicates a LIMITED EDITION PIECE of only 100 pieces.)

A brilliant art glass piece by Grant Donaldson of Gordon Studio. Gordon Studio is one of a few Australian glass studios at the forefront of glass design and technique. The work of Gordon Studio has been exhibited throughout Australia, Japan, Germany and the USA. All items created by Gordon Studio have been HAND-MADE by artists in Australia. This piece was created by Grant Donaldson the husband of Eileen Gordon (founder of Gordon Studio).  After working on the land for 15 years Grant started his career in glass in 1990, assisting his wife Eileen to establish the Gordon Studio Glassblowers. Grant’s progress as a glass artist has been remarkable and today he is recognised as one of Australia’s most experimental and exciting new glass blowers. If you visit the Gordon website you’ll be delighted by the repertoire of work this artist has produced.

This particular piece is hand-signed to the base and retains the original Gordon Studio label. The base reads, Grant Donaldson 1998, Marble 16/100. I see clouds in this piece spiraling down towards mountains- the heavens intermingling with the earth. This may not be what Grant sees in this piece but that’s the good thing about art- it speaks to us all in different ways.

This piece is actually opaque glass which I believe is harder to produce than transparent glass.

This is a rare opportunity to own a captivating piece from a highly-esteemed artist that is signed, numbered and dated. This is one of Donaldson’s earlier pieces (what a talent!). As he continues to produce work that astounds and mesmerizes the value of Grant Donaldson pieces will increase in value particularly items of this callibre.

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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