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Utah Arts Festival 2012: Hanson Handblown Art Glass

by Ehren Clark
- Posted // 2012-06-22 - One of the most exciting aspects of the Art Festival is the eclectic rage of media that can be found from extraordinary artists from many locations beyond the Utah border. With the hand-blown art glass of Ken and Ingrid Hanson, you will find an exceptional range of exciting hand-blown glass objects from San Carlos, California.

The booth (#5 in your directory) catches the eye immediately with a broad range of bold, vivid color that reflects the light of the afternoon sun -- a truly impressive effect that focuses the eye and the imagination upon it. The more focused you become, you begin to notice the exciting shapes and objects, each piece unique and each one with a distinctive character, showcasing the boldness of color. Vases are just the beginning of what you will find here; the booth abounds with pots, kettles, lamps, urns and objet d'art of many varieties.

The more the focus is attuned, the more the detail on these wondrous pieces may be appreciated. To begin with, many of the pieces have an iridescence in the classical style of Tiffany & Co. that gives them a slightly metallic luster. But this is just the beginning. The wonder is found in the detailing that Ingrid Hanson says she and her husband draw from nature or from geometrical inspirations. The infused flowers, patterns and shapes are intricate and magnificently refined, and together with the bold color and the form create an overall piece that is truly one-of-a-kind and a marvelous work of artistic creation.

While you are at the festival, try to stop by and say hi to Ken and Ingrid, who are only too happy to tell you about their immense passion for the art of glass blowing, in their own unique and characteristic style.

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