André Thuret





André Thuret (1898-1965)



H: 6cm L: 26cm D: 13,5cm

Frankrijk, jaren 1950


André Thuret

André Thuret (1898-1965) was born in Paris where he received a degree in Law in 1920 and a degree in Science in 1923.

André was fascinated by glass, and his first scientific experiments were in this medium. He was particularly interested in the molecular modifications of glass, more specifically, the properties exhibited by glass after heating and cooling.  These experiments with glass would lead him to become one of the most renowned glass artists of the Twentieth Century.

His experiments aroused the interest of other glassmakers, and he was invited to the glassworks at Bagneaux, in the Somme, where he was named Engineer from 1922 to 1924.

It was in 1924, that Thuret made his first piece of glass. Thuret's use of metallic and colored inclusions and controlled bubbles would become identifying features of his glass design.

In 1926, he became assistant and then 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. Throughout the course of his career, Thuret held numerous prestigious posts which allowed him to continue his explorations of the properties of glass.

He exhibited for the first time at the Salon d'Automne in1928, and continued to exhibit his marvelous glass there every year thereafter.

What made Andrè Thuret a genius as a glassmaker was his ability to combine his scientific knowledge with his artistic talents.

Thuret's glass is characterized by a smooth surface; the shapes are simple but often sensuous, with curves full of movement that are enhanced by the changing effects of light. It was purposefully impure, full of bubbles and metallic flecks, which catch the light and bring life and sparkle to the pieces.

From 1940 to 1950, Thuret perfected new techniques. He began shaping the glass using iron pincers and other tools to alter the molten glass.

While his forms often remained simple, his colors were complex. Clouds of red, blue, violet, green, yellow, and pink in various intensities and combinations illuminate the glass from within.

By the 1950s, Thuret was concentrating on the fluidity of the heated glass, and continuing to mold pure shapes from the molten mass.  His later pieces incorporated clear sections with internally decorates ones, creating a dramatic and elegant contrast.

Andrè Thuret experimented with glass for thirty five years. During this time, he conceived and created approximately 2,000 to 3,000 pieces, all unique and of exceptional quality. Many did not survive the years, but those that have can today be found in private collections and museums.