"In effect, the Planets act much like Persian miniatures, whose small format and richly painted micro-environments were designed to encourage contemplation in an intimate, relaxed manner. The beauty of these objects simultaneously calms and excites the eye, providing a momentary flight from the mundane that refreshes the mind."
- Constantina Oldknow, from Josh Simpson: New Work, New Worlds
The name "Dichroic" originates from Di meaning two and Chroic meaning color. Dichroic as related to art glass means two color or basically, color transmitted through the glass and color reflected from the surface of the glass. Together, the reflected and transmitted light produce a unique two color effect that can be identified by viewing the glass from the front (looking straight on) and when the glass is turned approximately 45 degrees.
Each piece of Zweifel Art Glass is hand-blown by the artist, signed and dated on completion. No molds or machines are used in the creative process. The distinctive iridescent colors are the result of Zweifel's unique process, which fuses crystalline silver onto the surface of the molten glass. The satiny colors are caused by light reacting to the texture of microscopic silver crystals fused to the surface of his glass.
Robert Held’s art glass collections range from classic to contemporary. From vases to bowls to hearts to paperweights, his designs are inspired by the work of famous artists such as Monet, Klimt and Tiffany. Robert’s glasswork has also been chosen for many prestigious awards and collections. His goblets were selected to grace the table of the Governor General and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s collection now houses Robert’s commissioned piece “The Northern Lights” – a stunning glass bowl created with gold & dichroic glass.