Lætitia Jacquetton's vases: blown glass lying on the stone

The limited edition vases by the French designer are on show in New York at Lauren Manoogian.

The idea for these vases came after a trip to Japan, where designer and maker Lætitia Jacquetton visited a rock garden in Kyoto. The work includes the complex blowing of glass around the rocks collected in nature, which she collects with care not to disturb the environment from which she takes them. The result reveals the delicate balance between the two materials consisting of rare and organic forms.

Paris-based designer and maker has honed her focus in recent years on glass blowing, learning in Murano, Italy, and in east France around Nancy – both locations with a deep glass culture. While glass blowing is an art form that takes a long time to learn, only a few moments in the blowing process determine the expression of the piece. These brief moments of concentration require years of experience and highly qualified glassblowers. Jacquetton explains: “Patience and tactile precision are required: transferring glass at 1000°c onto a cold rock can break it and often working with another glassblower, there is not enough time to talk or communicate during the process – eye contact dictates creative dialogue”.  

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