Bob made several presidential sulphides, and this was one of his best. Popular among collectors, Bob's presidential paperweights were in demand during the 1970s and 1980s.
An example of lamp working, the delicate flowers floating in this paperweight are bright and alive, and they shimmer beneath an encasement of lovely, pure crystal.
An example of Bob's experimental vases, which he made toward the end of his career. The long and lean profile of this one-of-a-kind piece is clever and sensuous. It was a difficult piece to make, since the molten glass was hard to control on such a long, slender piece. Not every glassblower would possess the skill required to pull it off as well as Robert. A saber of magenta light.
Infinite Three-Piece Sculpture
An intriguing sculpture that can be arranged in an infinite number of ways. The three pieces catch the light beautifully, and cast reflections and shadows that decorate the surrounding surfaces most wondrously. Bob had a lot of fun experimenting with various ways of arranging the pieces. The one in the picture is just the one my father settled upon for the photograph, which he took recently. He had to rephotograph it, since we cannot find the slides I made years ago when the work was completed. Back then, I must have taken a roll of Kodachrome on this baby, and I recall what a wonderful time we had laughing and jesting, as we brainstormed various names for it. We never really arrived at any one in particular, so I have taken the liberty to dub it, quite uncerimoniously, the Infinite Three Piece Sculpture, in honor of the infinite possibilities it suggests. Technically, this was a difficult piece to finish, since all three pieces had to be cut at different angels, then polished to perfection. Bob spent hours and hours sawing and polishing, in an effort to put just the right touch on each of the three sticks of glass. This is one of my personal favorites and, of course, I am fond of the memories I associate it with it.
The bottom of this striking paperweight is crystal, so the purple and green flowers stand out beautifully. One of the most enjoyable weights to ponder, you can hold it in your hand and to let your eye enter the secretive and mysterious world that lies within the confines of glass, for hours on end.
Robert made wonderful marbles. In fact, I think his marbles are among the best. He was versatile, too. He could make big, three-inch marbles, as well as one-inch marbles. The detail, coloring and finish, as well as the beauty and symmetry of the inclusions, is beyond compare, certainly in the price range.
Blue Ice Bowl
Cobalt and Crystal Candy Dish. One of Bob's beautiful multi-purpose designs. The colors are simply extraordinary, especially when viewed in person. The crystal and blue flow together so smoothly and they are one. An original piece that evokes a feeling of winter and, for me, ice skating on a frozen pond. An arresting and visually stunning work, which lends itself to introspection.
This large, impressive vase is impressionistic, layered and delightfully dimensional. One of my favorites, it casts a spell and puts the viewer in a pleasant mood. Named after the great artist, Claude Monet, it is reminiscent of his Water Lily Pond, and reminds one of nature. There is so much going on in this powerful vase that you get a different feeling from every angle. I have spent hours viewing and turning the Monet Vase in my hands. I remember photographing it for Bob. As soon as I looked through the camera lens, I was in love.
A lovely, well balanced vase crafted with an eye for color and design. The crystal is pure and clear, the rose hues bright and bold, but translucent. This pretty piece reminds me of a glass of Zinfandel, held in the sunlight. Light plays through the glass in an interesting and joyful way. The crystal bottom and colored top blend like together in a fascinating but liquid manner. Unusual, but it works.