California-based artist Loren Stump is a self-taught master of the art of murrine. A technique from the Mideast that is 4,000 years old, it involves “colored patterns or images made in a glass cane” which are only revealed in full when the glass is eventually sliced open in cross-sections. The process is impressive in itself, but when done will great skill, the masterpieces that are revealed are just as stunning as how they were created.
Murrine are designed by layering different colors of molten glass around a core, then heating and stretching it into a rod. When cool, the rod is sliced like a loaf of bread, revealing the same elaborate details in each piece.
It’s even more impressive to think that the creator of these pieces, Loren Stump, is self-taught and has mastered this process on his own. And master it he has!
His most complex work to date is a unique interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Virgin on the Rocks. Stump used hundreds of glass rods to create each detail, building the portrait one component at a time. The result is a stunning glass masterpiece that sold for $5,000 per slice.
You can see him in action in the video below:
Loren Stump began working in stained glass artist in the 1970s. In 1993, Loren discovered his natural talent with glass in molten form. He quickly mastered advanced shaded murrine, intricate sculpture and paperweight encasement.
*Via My Modern Met.