Robert Mikelsen - wizard, master of delicate glass

Glass - a very fragile material, and when you see glass products, like the finest guipure ... Words are not enough!

Sculptor Robert Mickelsen (Robert Mickelsen) was born in 1951. in Fort Belvoir (USA, Virginia). When he was 20, he became interested in the skill of glassmaking. Long comprehended the theory, then gradually began to practice. Ten years it took the master to master this art with dignity. I tried, I looked for my style, selling my works, like hundreds of the same masters, at the open fairs of masters of artisans.

By 1987 he was lucky to get to the master class on the lemvorku (as glassblowers call their art) from the master of his business - Paul Stankard (Paul Stankard). Paul just opened the eyes of the young sculptor to the possibilities of such material as glass. Robert stops exhibiting at fairs, begins actively comprehend all the subtleties of the lepvork under Stencard's instructions and achieves such skill that after only two years of his work begin to be exhibited in the largest art galleries in the world, and especially in his native America. His creations begin to recognize, feeling in them a special style. Robert's work is also interested in private collectors, so most of them can be seen "personally" only by visiting their personal "exhibitions".

Looking at the works of Michelsen,the impression that there is no such thing or creature that he could not capture in the glass! And, do not just cast the whole figure, but make it delicate, thin, like a spider web! It's nice to let in the light. Easy to care for. In order to clean the fabric, you can use almost all the same with his collection contains fantastic plants and animals, incredible in their subtlety decorations, female figures, strange vases, surprisingly natural, like forged leaves of ice and buds of exotic flowers ...

Those who were lucky enough to see such workslive, they say that they were afraid even to come close, so they seem fragile. It seems that even a light breeze can dispel this miracle in millions of smallest droplets.

If we turn to history, we learn thatLempwork is one of the few arts that has come down to our time, without actually changing! Like many centuries ago, everything is done by hand. Masters still make their work, keeping them above an open flame to soften the glass.

Near Venice there is a small town of Murano,which is considered the center of glass-making art all over the world. Earlier masters existed all over the country, but because of the large number of fires that, according to the local population, were due to such workshops, they had to move to a separate island and build their own city.

In Russia, the lempvorki became interested in the timesthe reign of Peter I. Since glass products were highly appreciated, but they were often shattered during transportation (problems existed in Russia for a long time!), the tsar decided that it would be much more profitable to establish the production of his own factories. This is how the Gusev Crystal Plant was built, whose products are famous not only in Russia, but all over the world. 80% of the total goods, by the way, are bought by Americans! And today the masters work there mostly manually, although special devices have been created for a long time - compressors. But the real works of art are obtained only in the sensitive hands of an experienced master!

How is the glass blown out? The glass-blower, blowing out air in a special metal tube, blows out the glass. When you move the tube, it changes the shape of the product. When the work is ready, the part where the tube is connected to the glass is cut off over the flame and, if necessary, the product is painted. This is quite a harmful work - the glass particles get into the lungs of the master.