This Autumn platter by 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass shows the movement of the glass in its fluid state in a dynamic and vibrant color play. This platter can be hung on a wall from its foot with secure wire or displayed flat or standing. It is a beauty!
Michael Mortara was first introduced to glass blowing as a student in high school and has been working with that medium for over 24 years. In 1980, he joined the glass blowing department at Punahou School as a technical assistant while completing a degree in Architecture from the University of Hawaii.
Several years later, he began a shift away from his architectural and construction endeavors to focus more time on his work in glass.
Michael was born in Honolulu in 1960, and graduated from the University of Hawaii Manoa with a in B.S. Architecture and a minor in Fine Art.
In the summer of 1998, he began the construction of his new glass studio on the upper slopes of Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii. As a full time glass artist, he and his wife, glass artist Misato Mochizuki Mortara, divide their time between the production of their limited edition vessel series and one of a kind sculptural pieces. His glass is in private collections through out the US and Europe, and has been included in the permanent collection of Hawaii State Foundation of Art, and The Honolulu Museum of Art.
“There is something both dramatic and dynamic about the manipulation of a molten mass of glass, such that the process has almost as much appeal for me as does the product. Hot glass is a medium in constant motion, where balance, timing and rhythm are the essential tools in the process. Once you start, you can’t stop until it’s done, and after more than twenty years in glass, I’ve conceded that it is the glass that is really in control, as much as I would like to think otherwise.
My work is successful if the people whose lives it becomes a part of derives some satisfaction from it’s beauty and a sense of mystery as to how it evolved.”