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Glass, Inspired


Creating small environments encapsulated in glass invoke the wonder and pleasure of nature and the imagination.

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Glass, Inspired


Creating small environments encapsulated in glass invoke the wonder and pleasure of nature and the imagination.

 
 

Clinton Smith Glass Artisan

Inspired by nature from the surroundings in Berkshire County and beyond, Clinton Smith Glass Artisan brings to you a series of paperweights which include animals and flowers seen in New England, creatures from afar, studies in the human figure and elements of flora and fauna created from his imagination. 

 
 
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Paperweights


Paperweights


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Sculpture


Sculpture


A new series that combines lampwoked elements of fruit and flowers incapsulated inside a sculpted paperweight. 

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Blown


In addition to lampworked paperweights, Clinton Smith offeres blown vased with paperweight stems. Smith has been working in blown glass for 15+years. 

Blown


In addition to lampworked paperweights, Clinton Smith offeres blown vased with paperweight stems. Smith has been working in blown glass for 15+years. 

Pendants


Pendants


 Exclusively Sold Artist Direct

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClintonSmithGlass

 




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The Process



The Process



Each paperweight combines the delicate glass elements with the beauty of a crystal dome encasement. Elements featuring flora & fauna are made by the process of lampworking. This includes using colored rods of glass and a torch, which melts the glass so it may be worked into the shapes and designs desired. After the elements are made, they are assembled together into a composition to reflect the environment in which Smith wants to create. Next, glass crystal gobs encased the assembled design in a kiln. The crystal mass including the assembled design inside are formed into a spherical shape with tools, torches and a hot oven called a Glory Hole. Finally, the paperweight is cooled very slowly in an annealer from 960 degrees to room temperature for 40 hours, then bottom is ground down to a polish and the paperweight is signed.