If you’ve ever been to a glass studio, whether a modern one or the kind you find in historical villages, you know that glass is pretty much the most challenging material to work with. First, you’ve got to heat it up to dangerously high temperatures, just to get it soft enough to work with. Then, you’ve got to work quickly. If you don’t get it just right in a matter of seconds, you’re basically starting over from scratch.
Then, there’s the art of murrine. A centuries-old artform, murrine work is created by layering differently colored glass together, then stretching it into a loaf or rod shape. Once it cools, it’s sliced into thin sheets that form the true image in cross section. It’s kind of like those Christmas cookie dough rolls with the tree shapes inside, only much, much more complex and difficult to create.
Glass artist Loren Stump knows a bit about this craft.
He’s been practicing for over 40 years to master the art of murrine.
While much glass in this style is simple but beautiful shapes and layers, Stump’s work is incredibly detailed, with subtle shading.
It’s so intricate, it would be easy to mistake for a painting.
They say practice makes perfect. Loren Stump’s work seems to be absolute proof of that concept.
See him in his element in this profile piece on the artist and his work: