Victor Chiarizia

Hand-Blown Glass Sculptures

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Victor Chiarizia has explored many facets of glassmaking, including blown, flameworked, cast, etched and sandblasted since 1975. Chiarizia’s sculptural works express his thoughts about life, growth and renewal in art glass. Hence, two distinctive techniques, hot glass and flameworked glass with fired-on enamels, illustrate these expressions. Profound images from Chiarizia’s Italian American background coupled with a boundless imagination give an earthy yet surreal style to his sculptural work.

Chiarizia’s glass is well-known for technical innovations, organic forms, and spirited colorations. His most acclaimed work includes The Botanicals. They are a series of sculptures with flameworked glass treated with multiple applications of enamels to give luster and luminosity. His Legends and Icons Series also incorporates these techniques along with cast glass elements that represent mythical, spiritual or cultural characters. Through vivid imagery, this body of work illustrates the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Chiarizia also creates limited-edition vessels and sculptures which demonstrate an exceptional use of a 500-year old glass technique. Incalmo requires the artist to create connected cup-shape vessels on the blow pipe. Incalmo and reverse incalmo are complex and physically demanding processes for even the most experienced glassblowers. Chiarizia uses this unique technique to produce large vertical and diagonal bands of color within a vessel. Chiarizia also creates various blown glass series of vessels and sculptures; some revealing deeply organic textures and others in lively colorations.


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