Hand-Blown Glass Swells Around Steel Armature in Katie Stout’s Bubbly Lamps

a glass blown pendant lamp hanging from a chain that bubbles inside steel armature and appears like a pink smiling venus

“Cotton Candy Venus” (2024), glass and steel, 22.5 x 11 x 10.5 inches. All images courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson, Miami, shared with permission

Artist Katie Stout blurs the line between utilitarian objects and sculptures, creating chandeliers, chairs, tables, and other functional designs bearing her signature ornamental aesthetic. Using a wide range of materials like ceramic, bronze, glass, and steel, she continually challenges gendered traditions and craft techniques through her playful, expressive works that question the nature of allure and value.

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In a recent series of shapely pendant lamps, Stout takes the vessel as a starting point, an origin arising from the artist’s experience of becoming a mother. The hand-blown glass forms bubble and swell within a welded steel armature that takes the shape of a lobster, ear of corn, and prehistoric Venus statute with round, exaggerated features.

Lights embedded inside illuminate the lustrous, candy-colored glass, emanating a soft glow from within the hard, protective shells. Referencing symbols of fertility, sustenance, and growth, the pendants hearken back to this profound period of personal transformation and the social and cultural connotations associated with motherhood.

Stout frequently shows with Nina Johnson in Miami, where she’s represented, and you can follow her work on Instagram. You also might enjoy these balloon interpretations of Venus by Reddish Studio.

 

a glass blown pendant lamp hanging from a chain that bubbles inside steel armature and appears like a blue lobster

“Lobster” (2024), glass and steel, 21 x 9 x 5.75 inches

a close up image of the bottom of a glass blown pendant lamp that bubbles inside steel armature and appears like a blue lobster

Detail of “Lobster” (2024), glass and steel, 21 x 9 x 5.75 inches

a glass blown pendant lamp hanging from a chain that bubbles inside steel armature and appears like a lavender baby

“Baby of the Town” (2024), glass and steel, 19.5 x 11 x 7.5 inches

a detail of the top of a glass blown pendant lamp hanging from a chain that bubbles inside steel armature and appears like a pink smiling venus

Detail of “Cotton Candy Venus” (2024), glass and steel, 22.5 x 11 x 10.5 inches

a glass blown pendant lamp hanging from a chain that bubbles inside steel armature and appears like corn

“Venus of the Corn” (2024), glass and steel, 18 x 7 x 7 inches

a glass blown pendant lamp hanging from a chain that bubbles inside steel armature and appears like a pink ball of flowers

“Flower Ball” (2024), glass and steel, 10 x 11 x 12 inches

a glass blown pendant lamp hanging from a chain that bubbles inside steel armature and appears like a yellow insect

“Glass Frank 2” (2023), glass and steel, 17 x 14 x 11 inches

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