For your consideration, a signed California School art glass vase most probably created in Chico, California. The work displays elements that can be identified as particular to the Chico State glass blowing environment of the late 1970’s. The vase is signed “S ” “’79” “#46”, and is possibly the work of William (Billy) Morris. Jack Schmidt taught at Chico State during the 1970’s when Morris (who later studied with Dale Chihuly) attended Chico State. Expanding gas created the distinctive shape of the aurora brown red with silver oxide “puff” piece. To create the unique oxide bands, students and faculty used cotton swabs from local doctors offices that had been coated with silver salt. The vase measures 8” tall 6” and 4 ¾” in diameter and is in excellent condition with no chips or nicks. A museum- grade example of 20th century American glassblowing, and a fine addition to your collection of art glass.
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