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GartnerBlade Artists Biography and Art Gallery Collection
GartnerBlade, inspired by organic forms, pairs sand etched surfaces with glossy accents to create a stunning juxtaposition of texture and color finished with elegant detailing. GartnerBlade Glass, based in Ashley Falls, Massachusetts, was formed by Stephen Gartner and Danielle Blade in 1995. Blade, who hails from England, is the daughter of British glass artist Martin Evans, and Gartner was born in Phoenix, Arizona but grew up in the southern U.S. and Europe. Both artists trained with notable artists in the U.S. and Europe, and had previously worked as production glassblowers and as glass-blowing instructors before starting their own studio. With this business collaboration, Blade and Gartner strive to create a synthesis of individual ideas and techniques to create unique and compelling hand-blown works of art. GartnerBlade often looks to nature for inspiration, mimicking layers of geological strata, ancient fossils, bones, and flora and fauna in breathtakingly beautiful glass pieces.
GartnerBlade have recently begun to engage with the idea of ritual and worship through their work, looking to vessels and objects that are used in ritual and ceremony in contemporary practice and in primitive cultures. Over the past decade, they have developed a series of pieces that explores and reinterprets objects of ritual and worship. Natural elements such as bone, antler, wood, vines, fossils, and rock formations inspire their signature designs, which include covered vessels and sculptural objects. The artists' work combines traditional glassblowing techniques with innovative color application and sculpting techniques. Their newest works are primarily sculptural. Although very much in keeping with their shared aesthetic, these pieces are a departure from the traditional blown glass vessel. The "Amulet" series is comprised of large-scale wall-mounted works while the "Arbor" series is designed to rest on a table or other flat surface. Both series are captivating and inspiring either in single pieces or groupings. The glass surfaces ask to be touched as they invite the viewer to look closer and explore the unusual plays of light they create. Through etching and polishing, Danielle and Stephen give their glass the ability to transmit light in some areas and retain a beautiful opacity in others.