Michael Mangiafico (Fig) is famous for stunningly delicate glass work done at the torch. In addition to colorful earrings and marbles, he is perhaps best known for extremely lifelike and fragile recreations of insects.
In recent years, he has broken the glass mold and collaborated with artist Ed Pinto to create a really intriguing body of mixed media work. In fact, the pair will be showing these collaborative pieces in a show called Glass Entomology opening at Touchstone Center for Crafts tomorrow night.
The piece pictured here was a favorite of mine to capture. It presented unique challenges in the combination of material, texture, and detail.