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Ken Miller - "Marisol's Decanter Set"

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A Rare One-of-a-Kind Special Edition Set, made specifically for Marisol: A Retrospective.

"Marisol's Decanter Set"
15 Piece Set.
Blown Glass and Canary Wood; origin Brazil.
Approx. Grouping Size: 28" W x 14.5" H x 17" D.
Approx. Goblet Size: 8.5" H x 3.5" Diameter. (10" Height with lid.)

Everyone has the experience of attending a party where you feel as if you don't belong. "Marisol's Party Decanter Set" represents this feeling.

This fifteen piece set represents the human struggle to meet shallow expectations and conform to societal pressure. Each piece is both distinctly alike and different, only separated by the time and nature of each party.

The decanter represents a party Marisol hosted where she had to conform in both attitude and dress. It sits at the center.

Twelve cups represent Twelve individual parties Marisol attended as a guest of honor.
The lidded bowl and vase represent party staff that worked these events.

Marisol (Escobar) (American (born France), b. 1930), The Party, 1965-1966, assemblage of fifteen freestanding, life-size figures and three wall panels, with painted wood and carved wood, mirrors, plastic, television set, clothes, shoes, glasses, and other accessories, dimensions variable, Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo,Ohio), Museum Purchase Fund, by exchange, 2005.42A-P

The sculpture was created during Marisol’s Pop art period. It features 15 freestanding, life-size figures spread about. Each model wears an up-scale dress, referring to its wealth and upper-class. Marisol uses her face in reference to some of the figures’ features. None of the models interact with one another. Rather, they face away from each other. This work of art is exemplary of Marisol’s feminist perspective. The life-size women adhere to the feminine, submissive norm and do not deviate from it. Marisol is critiquing their self-absorbed, submissive nature. She uses randomly assorted items in the construction to represent the instability of what it means to be a woman.

Ken Miller - Toledo Artist

I find passion in the traditional style of Venetian hot glass making with a sustained focus on venetian craft ware. I was recently able to embark on a journey to Italy in which I was able to study the unique form and tradition under the hands of a few of the Murano Maestros. While Venetian craft ware such as goblets can take complex and peculiar stature, I tend to focus on the anatomy and mechanical aspect of what makes a goblet solid in structure. Minimal and precise, my work tends to possess a diverse range of color from light washed hues to almost fluorescent shades peaking for observation.


Oct 2015 - Feb 2017 Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio - Studio Artist / Facilitator; Worked directly with Museum visitors both as glass making demonstrator and as a hands-on facilitator giving participants a firsthand experience in the art of glassmaking.


Jan 2018 Goblets Form and Function (James Mongrain) Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
July 2016 Cups and Color (Michael Schunke), Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Feb 2015 An in-depth introduction to Venetian techniques (Bill Gudenrath), Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Sept 2012 - Jul 2013 Hot Glass Program, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

Juried Shows

2020 TFAS100+3 Juried Members Exhibition
2019 Hot Glass Toledo
2019 Glass Art Society Member Exhibition
2018 Momentum Hot Glass Awarded Libbey's People's Choice Award

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