From a Tucson estate some years ago and an aesthetic delight of vintage American studio art glass craftsmanship is this John Conrad Lewis lunar landscape paperweight with desirable moon and clouds imagery. The weight is clearly signed "Lewis Studio" and numbered 80 - 301 as proper. Lewis, who studied under Marvin Lipovsky - founder of the University of California at Berkeley's glass program, pioneered hot glass blowing in the Bay Area. Inspired by America's efforts at space exploration during the 1960's and 1970's, he worked on a well regarded series of related glass artworks for a period of about 9 years - sometimes resulting in great successes as this offered beauty. While his later ground breaking experiments in glass casting led to such important commissions as an architectural installation at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, it is the more intimate blown works such as this one that are included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Condition is quite fine with clean well preserved surfaces. No nicks or surface scratches or any hidden restorations to dampen your day.
The signing to the bottom is strong. Typical (in this case very) light signs to the bottom of cabinet display in that Tucson home, simply validate a treasured history. A look at the pics should give a good idea of appearance and condition. Size is about 2 7/8 in. High (vertical) and 3 1/2 in.If you seek out approachable (read obtainable) masterworks by modern and contemporary American studio glass luminaries, or simply wish a single artful improvement to the ambiance of each day, this will have great meaning for you. THIS IS LISTED AS U. The item "JOHN LEWIS STUDIO ART GLASS MOON & CLOUDS PAPERWEIGHT SGND / #RD TUCSON ESTATE" is in sale since Wednesday, November 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\Studio/Handcrafted Glass". The seller is "pooterpee" and is located in Tucson, Arizona.
This item can be shipped to United States.