Today the Department of Gorgeous Glass Art is further exploring more extraordinary work by Indiana-based glass artist Kiva Ford (previously featured here). Ford combines his artistic skills with his background in scientific glassblowing to create delicate glass vessels that contain miniature glass objects, including animals, body parts, flowers, and geometric structures, exquisitely detailed and trapped inside like scientific specimens inside impossible bottles.
“Ford’s artistic work is influenced by his interests in history, mythology, and the natural world, and his affinity for scientific objects led him to pursue a college degree in Scientific Glassblowing. Several of his pieces are treated as if they were natural specimens preserved in jars like a floating, wriggling octopus, colorful glass birds, or delicate glass flowers sealed within glass bell jars.”
One of our favorites among his recent creations is a larger, elaborate piece entitled Metamorphosis, which features each stage of the metamorphosis of the red-eyed tree frog, from egg to tadpole to adult frog, as a progression through a series of laboratory glassware.
This video provides a fascinating look at how Ford creates his sculptures: