After a professional start as designer and maker, Paris-based Lætitia Jacquetton has recently done a deep dive into glass blowing. Her studies took her to Murano, Italy and Eastern France near Nancy to hone her craft. The concept of Jacquetton’s work involves intricately blowing glass around collected rocks to create rare, organic abstract forms.
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It was a trip to a stone garden in Kyoto, Japan that first made Jacquetton think of glass and rock working together. She explains, “Glass blowing is about gravity, it is both intimate and intricate. There is humility involved – too much intention constraining the glass results in a disappointing form. The tension exists moreso between the rock and glass than myself and the glass. I am merely an enabler between the two. And in a way… it is actually more about the rock than the glass. It is essential to understand the energy of the rock; there is a connection to listen to. Patience and tactile precision are required – the transference of 1000°c glass onto a cold rock can crack it.”
Brooklyn-based designer Lauren Manoogian and Jacquetton were introduced a few years ago, and are not only connected through their friendship, but also a shared artistic philosophy of sculpture in their respective mediums of textiles and glass.
In November, Manoogian presented this 21-piece collection of Lætitia Jacquetton’s glass and rock vessels that are now available for purchase at LaurenManoogian.com.
Photography: Keith Morrison