Malfatti Glassware – Functional Vessels by Daniel Spitzer and Jill Reynolds


I think functional objects can be seen as quite boring or tedious, especially in today’s world where people are generally entertained all day everyday. For me it’s all in the details, and that’s where handmade functional ware really excites me, when you see those nice touches from the maker that give the piece warmth and harmony.

That’s exactly what I thought of when I came across this tableware by Ten Willow Studio, which consists of Daniel Spitzer and Jill Reynolds. Daniel is a master glassblower and was formerly a member of American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s team, and Jill is an award-winning visual artist known for her innovated use of flameworked glass. This particular collection goes under the name of Malfatti, which is Italian for ‘misshapen’.

Each Malfatti object is uniqued shaped using hand tools, as well as other simple glassblowing techniques. Made from borosilicate glass, the same material used to make laboratory ware, they’re surprisingly strong and durable. I’m drawn to the way that these have been manipulated, you can almost see movement in these pieces even though they’re static, they would also be pieces that people would be drawn to because of their tactile qualities. I’ve placed a few photos here for your to admire, but I’d also recommend a look at their portfolio and shop page, this whole collection can be purchased online. Enjoy.