Fire and Ice: Le Verre Magique, Le Vrai Magique

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 63)


In the last three years, art glass has been the hottest item in fine art sales galleries.3 The fluidity of the medium, the reflective and refractive properties, the potential for color saturation, the fragility of the material, have all inspired American artists to experiment with glass. Fascinated by working with a material not part of the average art-school curriculum, they have applied the aesthetics of sculpture and techniques from the familiar areas of ceramics and weaving to their newly-learned glass-making Although they have achieved a variety of interesting and entertaining effects, these do not fully reveal the nature of glass and its making.


Color Saturation Artistic Experience Refractive Property Familiar Area Flaming Heat 
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    The following essay is the result of my ruminations after writing the art criticism for a book on Jean-Claude Novaro, a contemporary glass-artist from the south of France (Novaro, Scottsdale: American Fine Art Editions, 1996 ).Google Scholar
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    Ibid., p. 58. Tymieniecka writes that the “drama-orchestration of the creative context brings the otherwise crudely trivial events of life into universally human significance.”Google Scholar
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    This is the reversal of the question asked by Tymieniecka, op. cit., p. 55.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Kentucky UniversityUSA

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