In 2014, a dessert shop in Hokoto, Japan called the Kinseiken Seika Company exploded in popularity when the internet discovered their crystalline mizu Shingen mochi, a completely translucent edible cake that looks like a huge water droplet. The sweet gelatinous rice cake comprised mostly of mineral water and agar is so delicate it can only stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before disappearing into a lumpy puddle.
Earlier this month Twitter user @mithiruka took a modified recipe for the mizu Shingen mochi and paired it with a silicon cat mold to make this jelly-like cake that’s now being shared by cat lovers across the internet—apparently there’s quite a few of them. (via RocketNews, My Modern Met)
Florida-based sculptor Rick Eggert produces glass works that are often displayed as groups, each individual sculpture adding to a collective warm or cool gradient. Classified on his website as “Waves,” “Flames,” and “Dew Drops,” the glass-blown pieces all seem to gravitate toward natural elements, static objects that simulate the motion of fire and water. Currently Eggert is Creative Director of the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts in Lake Worth, Florida. You can see more of his grouped glass sculptures on his portfolio site.
Barcelona-based artist Pejac (previously) was recently in Rijeka, Croatia where he completed a number of new artworks as part of a residency with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. His most impressive new intervention appeared in the windows of an abandoned power plant where the artist utilized the cracked glass in old windows to form a flock of birds escaping the aim of a boy in silhouette holding a slingshot. Titled Camouflage, Pejac says the work is in tribute to artist René Magritte who famously depicted birds in many of his paintings as silhouettes filled with clouds. You can see more of his work in Croatia on Arrested Motion.
Artist Etienne Meneau creates radical interpretations of a traditional wine decanter by utilizing the abstracted forms of blood veins, hearts, and root systems. Each container from his “Strange Carafes” series is hand-blown from borosilicate, and while many of the objects are technically functional, others serve as sculptural objects with the wine permanently encased within. The depth and diameter of each piece is such that it perfectly contains a single bottle of wine. Meneau shares plenty of photos and videos of each limited-edition piece on a series of mini websites a\here. (via My Modern Met)
Indefinite Vases is a recent project by multidisciplinary design practice Studio E.O based in Stockholm. Working with handblown glass and cut stone, traditional vase forms are melted and cooled around sharp edges to create place-specific vessels. From their project statement:
The project is an exploration of the relationship between geometric and organic forms – transparent and opaque. Indefinite melting material interacts with definite angular forms and gravity determines the relationship in between. Indefinite Vases are sculptures or containers. Functional or decorative. The contrast between the cut stone and the form of the hand blown glass emphasizes the relation between space and object, an interplay between a fragile material and its solid counterpart.
At the time of production a limited number of vases were made available through Galerie kreo, and you can see many more photos on Studio E.O’s website. (via My Amp Goes to 11)
Sky Blue, Cobalt and Slag, 2014. Flameworked and Fused American Pressed Glass, Steel, mixed media. 33″x39x92014
Artist Amber Cowan works primarily with fragments of vintage pressed glass to construct complex vessels and sculptures with a multitude of fused components. Pressed glass is created when molten glass is forced into a mold as a way to mass-produce certain forms. Cowan uses these found pieces to create remarkable one-of-a-kind objects that reference the rise and fall of US glassware manufacturing, while simultaneously offering a new narrative. You can see more of Cowan’s work on her website, Instagram, and at Heller Gallery. (thnx, Laura!)
Goddess in the Sky, 2016. Flameworked American pressed glass, mixed media. 26″ x 18″ x 6″
White Swan Theater, 2013. Flameworked and fused American pressed glass, mixed media. 20″x26″x5.5″
Sky Blue Cluster, 2015. Flameworked American pressed glass, mixed media. 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
Spring Mint Bowl, 2015. 19″ x 19″ x 4″
River Green and Mint, 2015. Flameworked American Pressed Glass Cullet, Red Oak, Mixed Media. 17″ x 52″ x 8″