This piece SOLD for AU$995 through this website back in 2018. NOTE- our prices are in Australian Dollars- AU$995 is significantly less in American Dollars. SOLD from North Brisbane- this piece was posted to our buyer in SYDNEY. This listing has also been uploaded to iNVISeDGE for research purposes and for people wanting to buy OR SELL a similar piece. Click on the links below.


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Sorry, SOLD IN 2018 for AU$995.

Background Info and Provenance

(Written in 2018)

A stunning “Shell Vase” HAND-CREATED by Tina Cooper in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands in 2004. This piece is fully (and clearly) signed to the base- “Tina Cooper 2004- Australia- Shell Vase”. It’s substantial measuring about 32cm in height. The piece required Tina to orchestrate several highly-skilled artisans working around the furnace. Every part of the process is critical. Hand-made from liquid currents of molten glass, this piece was created by drawing hot glass from a 1200-degree Celsius furnace at exactly the right moment and then fused, layered and placed around the vessel. When working by hand and with so many variables at play every one of Tina’s pieces is unique. I love some of her pieces and others I don’t connect with so much- this is the attraction of HAND-MADE art. I connected with this one the second I saw it and had to have it. There’s a magical quality to it- it has a flow I suspect happens when Tina is at one with her creation, when it’s just her and the piece that’s emerging. The colours are truly spectacular and its sinewy, flowing shape draws you in immediately. I love the layering of the piece- there’s swirls of clear glass amongst the colours that allow light to shimmer through and reflect off some areas. Some sections are transparent and flowing- others are opaque and pointillist. I also love how the pointillist sections get lost in the swirls and how the swirls get lost in the motion near the top. I think Tina “nailed” this one. Her best works attract serious collectors- this piece is bound to continue to increase in value in coming years as Tina goes onto greater heights.

This piece has the heart and soul Tina’s work is renowned for. It was hand-created in 2004. When I recently went to see Tina at her gallery she described the early 2000’s as a highly-trying time. She was still trying to get her business off the ground and it was a challenge to make ends meet. There’s passion and soul in this one but Tina’s determination also shines through. I love this mix of human determination and the “flow” that happens when someone gets completely “lost” in what they’re doing. Tina transports us to this other place. A machine-made piece will never do this.

I first noticed Tina’s early work- her Martini pieces- created in partnership with Mark Galton in the 1990’s. These Shell-Vases were done sometime later in the early 2000’s.

Art-glass pumped out of Chinese factories in the thousands is cheap but rarely ignites any inspiration or passion- most ends up as landfill after a few years because after the trend has moved on the piece is basically worthless (a lot of “art-glass” coming out of China these days is not even glass- it’s chemicals melted together- our discards … recycled!) If you believe artists jobs should be done by people and not machines consider investing in hand-made art. There are very few better ways to invest in your home, reduce your carbon footprint and create stories to be passed from this generation to the next. Tina Cooper’s work has been telling stories for about 30 years now and has etched a permanent place in the history of Australian art glass. This piece comes with a current valuation certificate to solidify your investment (Tina has valued the piece at $1200) as shown in the photos.

around 1810

This piece was created by hand in the early 2000’s and presents extremely well for its age. It has NO chips, NO cracks, NO repairs. It has been extremely well looked after. _____ Tina Cooper Free-Form Orange Blue Measurements- Height- 32cm. Across at its widest- 28.5cm. Weight ESTIMATE- about 1424 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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