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Dec. 10 Art Minute: Laura Donefer, Blizzard Amulet Basket

Art Minute, Art of the Week, toledo museum of art
Laura Donefer (Canadian, born 1955) Blizzard Amulet Basket. Glass, blown, tooled, applied, flame-worked, assembled; found organic objects (sea shells, bleached roots), 2007. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 2010.8

Known as an artist with a brilliant command of color and attention to detail, Laura Donefer has been using glass as a primary artistic medium for more than 27 years. Unusual for her work, she chose a monochrome palette of transparent and opaque white glass for this Amulet Basket. According to Donefer, she was experimenting with the form in the middle of a blizzard in the winter of 2007, which inspired her to create this work with its wintry appearance.

Donefer also often incorporates mixed media and—literally—“found” objects into her work. A confessed lifelong hoarder, her studio is crammed with what she calls “human sheddings, urban remnants, and natural bric-a-brac.”

This work is currently on view in the exhibition Sights and Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses.