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Inspired by Harold Edgerton's famous "Milk-Drop Coronet" image Jeff Zimmerman's Soft Explosion collection for Steuben Glass evokes the random beauty of natural phenomena. Zimmerman's coveted sculptures employ the techniques of advanced glassmaking and the defining properties of glass itself to create narratives of the explosive patterns that occur in nature that he calls "soft explosions." The artist's first work in lead crystal, the collection is comprised of six designs including bowls that describe splashing water (perhaps the most literal rendering of Edgerton's work), vases that evoke growing trees, sprouting seeds and a limited-edition monumental centerpiece of fallen forms that appear to redirect a path in the forest. Starting at $1,900, Soft Explosion will be available in October online or by calling 1-800-steuben.

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