Andrè Thuret was one of the first modern French studio glass artists. Born in Paris on November 3, 1989 and raised in a traditional French “Bourgeoisie” family. His parents set high standards for Thuret and he met them when he received a Law degree in 1920 followed by a degree in Science in 1923.
While studying Science he became truly fascinated by glass and enjoyed conducting scientific experiments with the medium. He was particularly interested in the molecular modifications of glass caused by heating and cooling the glass. His experiments earned him a spot at the glassworks at Bagneaux in the Somme where he was named engineer from 1922 to 1924.
In 1924 Thuret made his very first piece of glass. Many believe it was collaboration between Thuret and Henri Navarre, another great glass artists. The small, unsigned piece had an intricate pattern of bubbles and was sprinkled with metallic inclusions—a signature look of Thuret.
Thuret worked tirelessly on his glass designs which were a big departure from the style popular at the time. He worked in his atelier at Bagneaux and had his glass exhibited at Exposition Universelle des Arts Decoratifs where he received a diploma of honor.
In 1926 he became Chief of Industry and Director of Laboratory at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers, and Chair of Chimie Appliquée aux Industries de la Céramique et de la Verrerie. He then exhibited for the first time in a solo show at the Salon d’Automne in 1928. Critics praised his work calling them unpretentious, simple, and characteristically French.
Thuret was such a genius at glassmaking because of his combined knowledge of art and science. He perfected a techniques of intetnally decorating the vases by rolling the glass on a marver covered in luster. This technique made the glass look as if it was made of waves. Beginning in 1930, he became obsessed with colored glass and added various metallic particles to imbue his pieces with even more depth. Then, from the 1940’s to the 1950’s Thuret began shaping his glass and enclosing his colored glass inside clear glass. The forms were simple but the glass itself was complex and intricate. The swirls of color inside his glass looked as if clouds had settled on the inside of the piece of art.
During his lifetime Thuret created approximately 2,000 to 3,000 pieces of art. While many have not survived, few have remained and can be found in museums and private collections—and perhaps even in your home.
Vase by Andrè Thuret circa 1930
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