For more than thirty years, Sidney Hutter has been creating art from glass. He is most famous for his enduring work with laminated glass vessels. Hutter uses contemporary materials and technologies to pay homage to the vase form, but in his hands it is sculptural, never functional. Hutter examines the vase, defining it and redefining it, in its seemingly endless permutations, by utilizing a myriad of different shapes, colors and textures.
He says, “The Vase series which I have worked on since 1979 has its basic idea taken from the theory of Formalism. The vessels are about form, shapes, structures and the way that these forms and shapes react with the light and color in our environment. A lot of pieces are like magic in that you do not know how they will react to the environment until they are completed and ready for display. Many of my ideas come from thinking of different interpretations of the volume of space that a Vase occupies.
These pieces strive towards analyzing other possible orientations and interpretations of a vase. Do vases have to have a hole? Is the vase silhouette necessarily mirrored exactly on the inside? Can horizontal or vertical planes describe volume? These and many other questions are pursued as I continue to work on the series.”