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Gérald Vatrin

Gérald Vatrin Glassblower
French, English
By appointment only
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The travelling glass artist

  • • Gérald has a background in drawing, which informs his glasswork
  • • He seeks give glass the illusion of being leather, stone or clay
  • • He engraves motifs on the glass using dental tools

It took Gérald Vatrin six months of trying various materials to discover that glass was the material for him. He undertook internships with artisans in pottery, stone carving and other materials, until one day he encountered a glassblower. He went on to learn glassblowing at the CERFAV training school near Nancy, and during the second year of his studies he was accepted at the CIRVA glass centre in Marseille, where he worked on his ideas with high level glass technicians. His craft has taken him all over the world, from Australia to the Czech Republic to Africa. Along the way he has cultivated his own way of working with glass, developing his personal styles and techniques to inform his unique creations.

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Coulisse III

This black opaque hand-blown ovoid glass has been chiselled with diamond cutters. Two hollow spaces break through the smooth surface. These have been decorated with braided white-grey leather.

36.5 cm
30 cm
16 cm

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Estampe Japonaise

This hand-blown egg-shaped glass sculpture was created using a strong opaque red glass. Gérald enamelled the surface with white and brown botanical motifs and used a diamond cutter to engrave a bas-relief. The piece is supported on a brass stand.

32 cm
21 cm
17 cm

Photo: © Gérald Vatrin

Transparent glass was hand-blown and covered with a black enamel suggestive of powdered charcoal. Gérald used a diamond-cutter to engrave patterns into the surface. A tunnel-like space piercing the glass was lined with strips of braided ivory leather. The piece is supported on a discreet steel stand.

290 mm
355 mm
230 mm

Photo: © Gérald Vatrin

Transparent glass was hand-blown to create the ovoid shape, and the surface was covered with grey and beige enamel, engraved with a diamond cutter. A biconcave space that perforates the sculpture is sewn and lined with strips of braided ivory leather. The piece is supported on a small brass stand.

27 cm
29 cm
15 cm

Photo: © Gérald Vatrin
Trait d’union

This ovoid sculpture was hand-blown from bronze glass. The surface was given its final appearance by removing some of the material. Holes were perforated round the edges of the tunnel piercing the sculpture and used to sew a lining of braided dark leather. A small steel stand supports the piece.

29 cm
30 cm
36 cm

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