View Full Version : Chris Taylor Glass Blowing in Dingy

Eric Miller
04-29-2011, 07:26 AM


Thomas Chapman
04-29-2011, 08:19 AM
whata hoot!

Travis Frink
04-29-2011, 08:57 AM
Holy sweetness Batman!! Who IS that madman?!

The glass world is just full of wild people.

Drew Jaeger
04-29-2011, 09:04 AM
That is awesome!

I'd actually like more details on that little propane furnace. That looks like it's a nice little portable unit. I assume it's homemade but someone here might know more details. I'd never (well probably never) blow glass in a dingy but it could be a fun little mobile furnace.

Drew Jaeger
04-29-2011, 09:09 AM
Just found this:


on this site:


Looks like he added an annealer to the top of it in that picture.

Glenn Randle
04-29-2011, 11:38 AM
He's probably the guy who just bought the Dino's for mucho $$$ on ebay.

Scott Novota
04-29-2011, 01:11 PM
Water Pumpkins:

Made on water, they have no water in them, they will float on water. Water you waiting for get yours today!

Tom Fuhrman
04-29-2011, 07:17 PM
I like his block bucket!

Greg Vriethoff
04-30-2011, 04:29 PM
One of my favorite stories I've heard about Mr. Taylor was...

Henry Halem
05-02-2011, 07:26 AM
After the restoration was complete he admitted to staging the entire event.What do you mean... "staging the entire event?" Do you mean he had someone purposely break the rondel so that he could reproduce it?

Cecil McKenzie
05-02-2011, 11:53 AM
That would take some " nerve ". Which reminds me of a piece Paul Marioni did where he cut the word " nerve " in the individual panes of a friends window. I assume without the friends knowledge or permission. Hopefully in this escapade the perpetrator replaced the original piece with the replacement before initiating the destructive part. Then he could replace the stand-in with the original piece. Otherwise this type of activity should be frowned upon.

Greg Vriethoff
05-04-2011, 11:53 AM
What do you mean... "staging the entire event?" Do you mean he had someone purposely break the rondel so that he could reproduce it?
That is my understanding. I was "told" this story by someone (apparently in "the know"), so I know these kinds of things can take on a life of their own.

If I'm wrong please don't quote me.

Greg Vriethoff
05-04-2011, 01:22 PM
...this type of activity should be frowned upon.

You are correct. It was wrong of me to show any affection for such inappropriate behavior (if it did, in fact, occur).

I apologize.

Cecil McKenzie
05-04-2011, 03:33 PM
That style ( breaking things) seems to be in vogue. Here is another Ai Weiwei piece where an artist wants a break with the past or wants to break into the present.I actually find this work pretty interesting after tracking it down because of the coca cola bronze piece I referred to in reference to "the artist must be crazy "thread". I post a page below where the they say he is dealing with the art /craft dichotomy.


Henry Halem
05-04-2011, 06:17 PM
If in fact those objects are the real thing then he is disrespectful and self centered.

Travis Frink
05-04-2011, 07:38 PM
If in fact those objects are the real thing then he is disrespectful and self centered.

I understand what you are saying here but it might be possible that the artist would appreciate that as a sentiment/reaction that he targeted. I have not seen much of his work but do know he deals a lot with the current culture of China (especially and maybe other modern/modernizing states) in his work. What I see happening in China and here in Japan to a lesser extent is a blatant popular disregard for the beauty and treasure from the long history found there and here in exchange for cheap, disposable, vibrantly colored plastic culture that will be useless in a short time but the lasting effects of it will be lasting. This can be found on both the consumer and production levels. It is something I see all the time here in Japan unfortunately and I could rant on this for a while. Anyone who is interested should read the book LOST JAPAN which discusses the Japanese traditional vs modern confrontation(?) in an interesting way. Pretty insightful and informative book concerning history and aspects of culture that many know of but not why or how.

The colors of paint he uses on those pots abound in the cheap crap that is being produced in China and other developing nations at the expense of its people, environment and long history. Like it or not the artist knows how to drive his point home.

Maybe that is one reason why AI Weiwei is in a Chinese jail now.

Greg Vriethoff
05-05-2011, 01:34 AM

My wife and I saw that.

Cecil McKenzie
05-05-2011, 01:05 PM
Related article.....


Greg Vriethoff
06-23-2011, 02:28 AM
Related article.....



Jon Myers
06-23-2011, 03:17 PM
If in fact those objects are the real thing then he is disrespectful and self centered.

This is interesting as I assumed that Henry would love this work... What about it is fraudulent or obvious or whatever else it would take to give it the Cocktail art sobriquet? It seems to possess the ability to provoke thought at many different levels (what level depends on where your head's at) and you couldn't find more zeitgeisty work coming from a supertraditional culture like China... (and its not like those are masterpieces he's dipping in paint, that was someone's waterjug...)

Cecil McKenzie
06-23-2011, 09:48 PM
Since I had nothing better to do this morning I checked to see if Ai Wei Wei was on Facebook. He was indeed and had 160 people who liked his page. Tonight he had over 200. I know that is not what you would call viral but it is a good increase in less than 24 hours. He is listed as a writer and seems like a funny guy. P.S. on NPR they pronounced his name as "way"

Greg Vriethoff
06-24-2011, 01:51 AM
Yes, his name is pronounced "eye way-way"

Greg Vriethoff
02-18-2014, 10:59 PM
I figured this (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/17/maximo-caminero-weiwei_n_4804819.html) was appropriate for here with all the grumblings recently over Art Basel, Miami.

I appreciate it when people take some kind of action instead of just sitting by and complaining (like myself).

I thought for a minute that Ai WeiWei would see value in the gesture. Guess there's a lot of angles to consider...

Pete VanderLaan
02-19-2014, 06:47 AM
I really never looked at this thread. Just think of all the pieces that have been broken to make cullet so glassworkers could create nice things. Even more, think of all the nice things that could have been made but went into making pumpkins for school yard sales to buy tools and such. Or worse yet, think of all those dollars that got spent on that stuff that could have been spent on important art. Only Dale is allowed to break his own work to make money.

We can find controversy in a water bucket.

Greg Vriethoff
02-19-2014, 11:45 AM
I often wonder if there will ever be a conversation here where money doesn't take center stage.

Virgil Jones
02-19-2014, 12:58 PM
I often wonder if there will ever be a conversation here where money doesn't take center stage.

I wouldn't bet on it!