Signed, Unknown Year, Glass sculpture with colored glass overlay, polished, 15h x 10dia
· Karbler’s original designs are achieved by layering, threading, cutting and polishing hand-blown glass into prismatic forms.
· For Karbler, altering the perception of glass as a functional medium, as well as the juxtaposition of angular and smooth in the glass are common themes of his glassworks. His work is distinguished by thin, concentric lines of colored glass, in gem-like hues, which appear to be immobilized in clear crystal.
· Karbler begins each piece as a hand-blown form. After the form goes through the annealing process its sides are cut away, thus eliminating any possibility of utility and transforming the object into a purely sculptural form. Elaborate facets are cut with a diamond saw, and then polished to reveal interior layers of color.
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