Cinnaminson, New Jersey
June 22, 2002
Since I really wanted to see the Doge’s Palace, and to enter you must buy a cumulative ticket that includes Museo Correr, I also got a chance to see the gorgeous glass sculptures by Toots Zynsky at Museo Correr. Toots Zynsky is an American glass maker, born in Boston, and who lived for a while in Philly and now resides in Paris. She studied with Dale Chihuly, but has developed her own very unique style. The exhibit came to Venice from Denmark and it was a very large collection of her vases (about 50). All of them are full of bright colors and are so full of life. She developed a technique that she calls "fillet-de-verre", and basically she takes Murano glass of different colors, splits it into very thin long circular threads, and fuses them together at high temperature in a metal bowl. A lot of museums in the US, Europe and Japan have her works in their collections. The vases are truly like nothing you’ve ever seen before. All of them have a very small base and then the walls start increasing in diameter and the top looks like the waves of the ocean except that usually the colors are yellow, red, blue or green, and black. Everybody can see something different in each vase – lights of different cities, icebergs, desire to live. And when you look at these vases, much like Dale Chihuly’s chandeliers, you want people to remember the 20th century by these amazing creations, just like we appreciate the culture of ancient Rome by the antique statues in the halls of Museo Correr.
From journal Italy in May - Venice, Part II