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Martin Demaine Signed Hand Blown Studio Art Glass Creamer and Sugar

Martin Demaine Signed Hand Blown Studio Art Glass Creamer and Sugar

Your Price: $150.00
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Part Number:G1190
A creamer sugar set from 1975 by Martin Demaine. Height is 4.6 inches on the creamer and the sugar is 3 inches. This is fairly thick glass and designed to be used. Does not appear it ever was. Condition on both is really excellent, near new.  I see no flaws. I purchased this many years ago in a New Hampshire antique mall.  I was quite excited to find it. For those wondering why I think a sugar and creamer is worth $150 it is because Martin Demaine was one of the early pioneers in the contemporary art glass movement. Today he works out of MIT as an artist in resident on really far out pieces. I see some up for $3000. He has his work in museums all over the world. I thought of holding on this, it is from his early work. He has a truly fascinating life resume and career. That is what you are buying. I will paste some of that below...hope he doesn't mind.

From the guggenheim foundation web site:


A Career Narrative, by Martin Demaine

I grew up in the Boston metropolis, and decided I should learn about country life. So I bought 65 acres in northern New Brunswick, Canada, and cut down trees to build a log cabin. This set a pattern for my life of experiencing ideas and learning from the process. After building the log cabin, I hitchhiked around North America, Africa, and Europe.

While in England, I discovered blown glass. I went to Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University), initially as a student, but after a couple of weeks I became an instructor in glassblowing. My work was exhibited in Covent Garden and a piece was purchased by the South Australian Museum for its permanent collection.

After a year in England, I returned to Canada and started the first successful glassblowing studio. Five years later, I built a craft village in partnership with two potters. We did everything required to build the village.  We even bought a woodlot so we could cut down the trees to take to a sawmill to use as lumber for the construction.

I was called the father of Canadian glass.  My artwork is in the permanent collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, New Brunswick Museum, Nova Scotia Museum, National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Clay & Glass Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Canadian Museum of Civilization.  I had numerous gallery shows in Canada and commissions, including to make a set of goblets for Queen Elizabeth.

Later I got interested in goldsmithing to create jewelry and body adornment from precious metals. I opened a successful jewelry store in Halifax specializing in custom jewelry.  This expanded my understanding of material and design.  I continued through my life to teach myself and explore, continually creating art.

I became a single father when my son, Erik Demaine, was two years old. This changed my life. To understand children, I quit working as a goldsmith and became a fulltime daycare worker. This experience led me to introduce a  sense of discovery and play into my work. A few years later—my son and I decided that homeschool would be a good choice for his education. Learning became fun for both of us. Whatever Erik expressed an interest in, we would go to the library and learn about together.

I am self-taught. I enjoy learning “the hard way”—learning by doing, instead of by instruction. I wanted to be a role model for Erik and show that you can do anything you want to do. Our first collaboration was the Erik and Dad Puzzle Company when Erik was six years old. We made all business decisions together and split the money evenly.

As Erik became attracted to mathematics and computer science, we learned to communicate art and mathematics to each other.  We felt it was important to experience each other’s worlds, so we exchanged ideas. The more Erik and I worked on art and science together, the more we found that this process merged the two. Theoretical computer science follows the same creative process as designing and building sculpture. The final goal is to make art and science indistinguishable.

This theme has continued at MIT where we have both been employed since 2001.  Erik is a professor in computer  science and I am the Angelika and Barton Weller Artist-in-Residence, the first permanent artist-in-residence at MIT. I am also a researcher in the Theory of Computation group and have published 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. I am also an instructor in materials science and engineering, where I teach glassblowing.

With Erik as collaborator, we are concentrating on understanding new ways to build sculpture using curved folds.  This artwork simultaneously gives us insight and understanding into the mathematics of folding. Our work has grown and by now has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and a gallery in Chelsea, New York.

To me, it is important to always be learning and growing, to be building and experimenting, to show people new directions and ideas, and to share the excitement of discovery. I immerse myself intensely into all of my professions and projects—as puzzle maker and designer, log–cabin builder, architect, goldsmith, glassblower, jewelry appraiser, childcare worker, day trader, mathematician, computer scientist, and paper sculptor.


Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine are a father-son math-art team. Martin started the first private hot glass studio in Canada and has been called the father of Canadian glass.  Since 2005, Martin Demaine has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Erik is also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a Professor in computer science.  He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003.  In these capacities, Erik and Martin work together in paper, glass, and other material. They use their exploration in sculpture to help visualize and understand unsolved problems in science, and their scientific abilities to inspire new art forms. Their artistic work includes curved origami sculptures in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian.  Their scientific work includes over sixty published joint papers, including several about combining mathematics and art. Recently they have been exploring folding hot glass, and computer aided design of glass cane.


Demaine the father, attended Medford High School in Medford, Massachusetts. After studying glassblowing in England, he began his artistic career by blowing art glass in New Brunswick in the early 1970s.
The Demaine Studio, located in Miramichi Bay and later at Opus Village in Mactaquac, was the first one-man glass studio in Canada, part of the international studio glass movement. Demaine's pieces from this period are represented in the permanent collections of half a dozen major museums including the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the National Gallery of Canada.

THE MIT CONNECTION. Since joining MIT, (yes the father before the son) Demaine has begun blowing glass again, as an instructor at the MIT Glass Lab; his newer work features innovative glassblowing techniques intended as a puzzle to his fellow glassblowers.
In 1987 (when Erik was six) they together founded the Erik and Dad Puzzle Company which distributed puzzles throughout Canada. Erik was home-schooled by Martin, and although Martin never received any higher degree than his high school diploma, his home-schooling catapulted Erik to a B.S. at age 14 and a Ph.D. and MIT professorship at age 20, making him the youngest professor ever hired by MIT.

MATHEMATICS AND ART AT MOMA. The two Demaines continue to work closely together and have many joint works of both mathematics and art, including three pieces of mathematical origami in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; their joint mathematical works focus primarily on the mathematics of folding and unfolding objects out of flat materials such as paper and on the computational complexity of games and puzzles. Martin and Erik are also featured in the movie Between the Folds, a documentary on modern origami.
Mathematical origami artwork by Erik and Martin Demaine was part of the “Design and the Elastic Mind” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 2008 and has been included in the MoMA permanent collection.


I have been collecting Art Glass for about 20 years. I used to live next to a large flea market and a couple big antique malls. So I would pick things up whenever I saw something that fit the collection or I thought was a good deal. I sold about 50 paperweights last summer and I am getting pushed to sell the rest as I am relocating.  Please check out my ebay store as I will be putting things up all summer. Thanks

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