Formed of Fire by Bandhu S. Dunham
Selections in Contemporary Lampworked Glass is a lavishly illustrated showcase edited by Bandhu Dunham. Formed of Fire begins with a foreword by Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass. There follows a brief historical introduction which gives context to the artist pages that fill most of the volume. One or two pages per artist display recent work with descriptive text and a commentary by either the author or by the artist him- or herself. Dunham's position as a respected colleague of the featured artists gives him a distinct perspective on the subject as well as unique access to the artists and their process. Several of the lampworkers allowed themselves to be photographed while executing a piece, and the sequence of photos illustrating their creative process adds to the reader's understanding and appreciation of the work shown. An illustrated glossary of lampworking terminology concludes the text, making this a valuable reference for anyone interested in lampworked glass. Over 75 artists are represented in full color throughout the book. They include a number of exciting newcomers, but also the most respected figures working in the field: Alex Arbell, Frederick Birkhill, Shane Fero, Kazuyo Hashimoto, Dina Hulet, Brian Kerkvliet, Kristina Logan, Robert Mickelsen, William Morris, Roger Parramore, Sally Prasch, Ginny Ruffner, Toru Sato, Paul Stankard, Loren Stump, Césare Toffolo, Gianni Toso, Milon Townsend, Kurt Wallstab and many others. Hard cover, 8½" X 11", 126 pages.