The current pieces from the Topography Series of glass vessels
Function – what does it do, or did it do … is this of interest to you? What is it purpose.
Robert Coby’s work in general doesn’t have a function but serves as a more applied art piece that demonstrates the execution of the long running techniques of glassblowing. The removal of material from the surface and finishing touches to create a jagged and unfinished look adds to the process and final result and develops my interest in the manipulation of form and look.
Material – Are you drawn to it because of the material it is made from?
The use of glass as a material is of great interest to me as I believe glass has a lot of advantages to other materials as being a very manipulative but also unforgiving material that adds a greater challenge to the process.
Craftsmanship – Is it the virtuosity of skill evident in the object?
There is indeed a high level of craftsmanship as glassblowing requires a great amount of attention not just from an observational perspective but also a quality look as one mistake can prove fatal and unforgiving.
Expression – Does it speak to you, move you, if so how?
This series of work speaks to me as looking at the pieces there is a high attention to detail and a ver unique look to every piece, what moves me is the relation to the environment of the working area and the dedication and hard work of making the piece then removing a substantial amount of the original form to reveal the layers underneath.
Innovative – Does it inspire? Does it challenge, is it beautiful, and if so why?
This is an inspiring series of work as glassblowing is a long existing technique but I’ve never seen a piece that exhibits the look that his work displays. I believe that this series of work is challenging as in the competitive market and expensive market that glassblowing when you are able to create a way of making that goes against the norm and look of the traditional you are on to a winner.