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Since 1975 Victor Chiarizia has explored many facets of glassmaking, including blown, flameworked, cast, etched, and sandblasted. Today, Chiarizia’s sculptural works express his thoughts about life, growth, and renewal in art glass comprised of two distinctive techniques–hot glass and flameworked glass with vitreous fired-on enamels. Profound images from Chiarizia’s Italian-American background coupled with a boundless imagination give an earthy yet surreal style to much of his sculptural work.
Victor Chiarizia’s glass is well-known for its technical innovations, organic forms, and spirited colorations. His most acclaimed work includes The Botanicals, a series of sculptures with flameworked glass which is treated with multiple applications of enamels to give luster and luminosity to the vines, blossoms, fruit, human hands, and other elements that cling to amorphous hot glass vessels.