I have had the great good fortune to know Chris for quite a few years, amazed at his talent. Without question, Chris Buzzini's, floral, art glass paperweights are among the finest ever produced. Stunning, art glass paperweights for the serious Art Glass collector. Extremely detailed, meticulously crafted, colored glass flowers encapsulated in brilliant, optical quality crystal. Fine, delicate, floral, art glass paperweights that are destined to become tomorrow's treasures. In 2010, Chris Buzzini celebrated his 40th anniversary as a working glass artist. He has knowledge and skills in almost every genre of contemporary Glass Art. He was drawn to lampworking because the array of techniques employed can be adapted to create incredible detail, a principal strength of Buzzini’s work. He states, "the 'lampworking process' by nature, is a cumulative one, and allows an artist to build on his own ability and creativity." He has been producing Lampwork Glass Paperweights since 1986 and has a following of Paperweight/Art Glass Collectors from around the world. His work truly is outstanding. There are so few lampwork artists in the world; in my opinion, he (and Paul Stankard ) are the two best contemporary lampwork glass artists; more likely they are the two best lampwork glass artists ever. I have been reluctantly selling a piece occasionally. I am listing some other unique items from Chris as well. His early dagger, also a one and only, is already listed. We will be listing some of his early imaginative cups as well.
This is a large weight, approximately 3 1/4 inches diameter, and 2 1/4 inches tall. The Condition is Excellent. It is signed on the clear glass "Buzzini" and the rest was so lightly signed that it is illegible. As I recall, this may have been one of his first "One Of One"s with the textured side.
This exquisite bouquet features the textured sides. To quote Chris Buzzini: "The paperweights that I create with the textured surface, I now call 'floral gems' and in addition to the initial style that had the texturing all the way to the top window, I have created some that have the texturing only partially up the sides. With this latest style, the viewer has more options for viewing the design.His work is always in demand.
More about this paperweight: A week's worth of Chris Buzzini's work can be lost in the seconds it takes to pour molten glass over one of the floral sculptures he has painstakingly created.
"I can literally feel my heart muscle tighten," says the artisan, who re-creates nature in botanical paperweights. "The results are made or lost in the blink of an eye."
It is this do-or-die outcome that makes glass an irresistible medium for Buzzini, a solitary and spiritual artist.
"I try to take my vision of flowers and put it back into the glass," Buzzini said in his 500-square-foot workshop just beyond the garden of his Oregon City home. He has since retired, and no longer has his home and workshop.
More about Chris Buzzini: Chris Buzzini says he feels the pull of nature and art as a spiritual calling. "My talent is God-given. . . . I've asked for more talent and it's been given."
The work is tedious; the material temperamental.
Turning a slender rod of glass in the torch's flame until it softens into a green teardrop, Buzzini touches the tip with another glass rod, pulling it into an elliptical shape. He flattens it with tongs and returns it to the torch.
The technique is known as lampwork, and every petal and leaf is formed this way.
The behavior of glass under flame is predictable only within a narrow range of temperatures. It can't be touched by hand while it's being shaped. Everything, Buzzini explains, must be manipulated with a tool.
Buzzini began working in glass in art school and worked professionally at several highly regarded California art glass studios, including Orient & Flume, Lundberg Studios and Correia Art Glass. After 13 years as a studio artist, Buzzini launched his own studio in 1986. It was a step that both excited and frightened him. But he had strong encouragement from colleagues and fans.
"What I needed was a 16-hour day in my own studio, not eight hours in someone else's," says Buzzini. In 1991 he moved to Oregon, settling on a half acre on the outskirts of Oregon City.
Unfortunately, Chris has suffered increasing health problems. He feels he may be at the end of his career, and perhaps has produced his last paperweight. I would find that a great loss, and keep him in my thoughts with hopes that he may resume his art.