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Mayo Clin Proc. 2009 November; 84(11): 1044.
PMCID: PMC2770920

Pouring by Daniel Clayman

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Daniel Clayman was born in 1957, in Lynn, MA. His undergraduate studies were in technical theater and music at Connecticut College, New London, where he studied flute. He received a BFA degree in 1986 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, and specializes in pate de verre glass-making.

Pate de verre, an ancient form of glasswork that originated in Mesopotamia in the second millenium bc, was revived as an art form in France in the 19th and 20th centuries, inspired by examples of pate de verre found in archeological sites. Pate de verre has an extremely labor-intensive production process, and although still inspired by the original process, this art form has gained enhancements from technology developed during the industrial revolution. The process begins when the artist creates a figure in wax or clay. A mold is created from the figure, and glass paste, particles, and/or fragments are placed inside the mold and packed firmly to ensure that no shifting occurs during the firing process. When these steps are complete, the piece is placed in a kiln and fired for up to 60 hours, and then the surface of the sculpture is polished.

Pouring, a muted cobalt blue pate de verre figure (approximately 18 × 30 in), gives the impression of a floor-length, strapless evening gown tailor-made for a classic hourglass figure or an upturned, fluted parfait glass waiting for use in an ice cream parlor. The opaque nature of the sculpture implies solidity and weight. Bubbles are suspended in motion, and ribbons of a deeper blue, visible only when standing back to let light pass through the sculpture, add a vibrant depth.

Pouring, purchased with funds from the Edward and Edith Anixter Foundation, can be viewed in the foyer just east of the elevators on the third floor of the Gonda Building.


In recognition of the important part that art has had in the Mayo Clinic environment since the original Mayo Clinic Building was finished in 1914, Mayo Clinic Proceedings will feature some of the numerous works of art displayed throughout the buildings on the Mayo Clinic campuses.

Written by Margaret R. Wentz, BA.

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