by Andrew Page
The goblet at its most pure has a visceral impact that needs no interpretation. It;s about sculpting the bubble, giving molten glass a form and elegance that overcomes everything about the conditions in which it was made-- whether it was in the intense heat of the modern hot shop in summer, or the lamp-lit, smoky confines of a 16th-century Muranese glasshouse. Molten glass wants to be many things, but for a goblet to emerge from sand and silica and fire and breath is a triumph of spirit. Words are unnecessary; looking is all that is required.