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Background Info and Provenance
(Description was written in 2021).
An art glass bowl made BY HAND by popular duo Mark Galton and Tina Cooper. This piece was made in 1994 which was near the end of their collaborative tenure. This partnership really worked- the items they created together are stand-out pieces of art.
This is a particularly special piece. Most Martini pieces are signed with Tina’s distinctive hand- this one has been beautifully signed by Mark Galton. The care taken with the base marking is quite extraordinary. The base reads, ‘Mark Galton (his cursive signature) Martini 1994 Australia’. There is only a small body of work done by Mark because his life was tragically cut short in a work-related accident in a coal mine in 2014. His legacy however will live on in pieces such as this. This one is nearing 30 years old and represents a special piece of Australia glass-making history.
Martini pieces easily compete with Colin Heaney’s work- many pieces exceed the magic Heaney created. I’d put this one up there with the best ever done in Australia. A couple of years ago, I visited Tina’s gallery in Palmwoods (the one she set up immediately after Eumundi and before her current one) and remember her saying that gold iridescent pieces are rare because the temperature of the furnace needed to exceed that for the usual cobalt iridescent pieces we see around.
Martini Glass Studios was established in the Hinterland region of the Sunshine Coast during the late-1980s. Mark and Tina eventually closed the studio around 1995 to continue their own individual careers as artists. Martini pieces have not been produced since 1995 and are very hard to get. Tina Cooper continues to work in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands. The spontaneous energy and flow of this one is beautiful- it has such a joyous “smiley” essence. You can’t help be feel uplifted when you experience this one- it begs you to hold it and experience the magic closer.
Art-glass pumped out by factories in the thousands by machines is cheap and rarely ignites any inspiration and passion- most ends up as landfill within a few years because after the trend has moved on the piece is basically worthless. Mark Galton and Tina Cooper’s work show the talent of an artist’s hands and their heart and soul. Their art will continue to tell stories for generations to come. There are very few better ways to invest in your home and reduce your carbon footprint.
This vintage piece is in excellent condition for its age with no noticeable damage to report at all. NO cracks, NO chips, NO repairs. It presents extremely well. I’ve looked at it closely and I can’t fault it. This item has a height of about 10cm and almost 16cm across at it's widest. Weight is 331 grams. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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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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