Here is a beautifully handcrafted cased glass perfume bottle by Orient & Flume's most prolific designer Bruce Sillars. A sense of spring is expressed in these gorgeous blue Iris blooms elegantly poised on bright green stems.
Dimensions: Approximately 20.8 cm (8 in) tall.
Signature: "Orient & Flume", "Sillars" and the number " 0246UBOF0990B" script on base.
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs.
A Note About the Artist:
Bruce Sillars is a prolific designer considered by other glass blowers to be a true master of glass technique. Sillars grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs. In high school he worked in ceramics, later becoming a technician in the ceramic studio at Moorpark College. He holds a BA degree in Art with an emphasis in ceramics, glass, and sculpture from California State University, Chico.
His career in glass began when he was hired as Orient & Flume's first employee. Bruce created iridescent vases and paperweights that incorporated both geometric and naturalistic floral motifs. As time passed by, the designs became more and more complex and sophisticated, and by the early 80's his work began to move away from iridescent glass. Replacing the iridescent glass with clear crystal, Bruce began an all consuming and life-long exploration of heavy clear glass vessels utilizing three-dimensional motifs and employing both "torch worked" and "lamp worked" design elements.
Since 1973, Bruce has been responsible for many of Orient & Flume's most successful designs, including his famous Tulip vase, as seen on the cover of Gumps' catalogue. Bruce has an endless collection of designs credited him, including the following: Lily of the Valley, Rose Buds, Dutch Iris, Pink Cherry Blossoms, Poinsettia, Red Clown Fish, Blue Tang, Johnny Jump-Ups, Winter Woods, and his classic Water Lily Bowl.
A Note About the Manufacturer:
Orient & Flume produces fine art glass for the collector. These signed pieces capture nature's inspiration in both iridescent and crystal clear glass. Nationally acclaimed for its excellence in design since 1972, the glass of Orient & Flume utilizes both traditional and contemporary motifs and can be found in the permanent collections of the most prestigious museums in the world. In the early 1800's, Chico California was an important center for gold mining, railroad construction and ranching. By the late 1800's, Chico had grown into a charming Victorian community. The quaint atmosphere soon created one of the most distinctive valley towns in California.
About 1893, one characteristic home with a carriage house was built in the historic Oriental section of town. Located between Orient Street and Flume Street, this site was destined to play an important role in the story Orient & Flume. In l972, the house was purchased by Douglas Boyd and was transformed into an art glass studio.
Early work of the studio was directed toward recreating the silver-luster of iridescent glass of such turn-of-the-century artists as Tiffany, Steuben, and Loetz. In time, this led to their current creations of intricate, three-dimensional designs encased in clear glass.
By 1973 the carriage house proved to be too small for a rapidly growing business and was relocated to 2161 Park Avenue. The work of Orient & Flume can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Chrysler Museum, the Corning Glass Museum and fine stores and galleries throughout the world.
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