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Caithness Abstract

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This page shows typical examples of abstract designs from this well-known Scottish glassworks.

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  • A Helen MacDonald design - from a series entitled “Van Gogh Inspirations”. A solitary deep-violet iris is set against “the lush green foliage of the master’s palette”. The dome-shaped weight has 3 polished oval facets. The matt-green sides are decorated with V-groove flutes of different lengths cut to clear. Scratch-signed & numbered on the flat,...

  • A riot of colour in a one-off design by Colin Terris. Like a firework above a layer of thousands of minute air bubbles, a central twist of pink dichroic glass explodes and bursts into a kaleidoscope of purple streamers and tiny bubbles. Two rows of tear-drop facets decorate the lower half of the bullet-shaped weight. Scratch-signed on the flat, polished...

  • One of Philip Chaplain’s last - and most effective - designs before he left Caithness. The pointed dome-shaped weight contains an elongated orange-speckled silver bubble over a swirling pale-blue & white form and a “cobweb” of thousands of tiny air bubbles - with an aquamarine flash around the base - and is enhanced by the 8 mitre-cuts which meet in a...

  • A truly “regal” design from Helen MacDonald: a violet iris - its petals covered in dew drops - set in a matt, domed weight with 2 polished facets revealing the flower. The surrounding satin-finished sides have been beautifully engraved by Helen with tall bearded irises and narrow, lanceolate leaves.Inscribed and numbered on the flat, polished base....

  • A Colin Terris abstract design; issued in 1998 in a limited edition of 75. Cavatina - a sustained melody - fuses translucent green dichroic glass with curving white crystalline tendrils under a layer of fine controlled bubbles over an amber-flashed base. The weight is finished with an hexagonal top facet, 6 concave side facets and 24 notch-cut...

  • An unusual hexagonal shape with a lavender-coloured abstract “sea plant blooming through a myriad of silvery bubbles” above a spattered blue and silver crystalline ground. Design: Caithness Paperweight Studios.Inscribed and numbered (8/50) on the flat, polished base. (Original certificate)

  • A hexagonal column design from Colin Terris. He described his emerald-green, white crystalline, translucent cranberry and vibrant purple design as “A fantasy tropical bloom from the hidden depths of the Amazon”.Inscribed and numbered on the flat, polished base. (Original certificate)  

  • An abstract, wedge-shaped paperweight designed by Alastair MacIntosh. Through the 2 sloping facets the viewer sees an ivory-coloured form floating above a ground sprinkled with goldstone. The lower half of the weight is finished with a grid cut. A topaz flash gives the design its warm glow.Scratch-signed and numbered on the flat, polished base. (Original...

  • Alastair MacIntosh’s interpretation of a Mexican legend. A wedge-shaped weight with front and back facets, smaller side facets and vertical flutes around the lower circumference. Stunning colours: white/green leaves with a pink & blue form rising out of a pink & blue diaphanous “veil” over a spattered white ground. An emerald-green flash surrounds...

  • A fine Colin Terris design depicting a stylized, magenta-coloured Conquistador “battle helmet” over a layer of controlled bubbles. Cut with a concave top and 6 side facets plus 12 vertical flutes. Scratch-signed und numbered on the flat, polished base: Caithness Scotland Conquistador 16/50. (Original certificate)  

  • Designed by Philip Chaplain this dome-shaped weight has 3 polished facets which meet in a point at the top. Inside, a single silver sphere floats above a blue “shell”. The pink & blue mottled decoration around the lower third lends the weight its fascinating play of colours.Acid-etched on the flat, polished base: Caithness Devil’s Advocate Scotland...

  • One of Margot Thomson’s excellent abstract designs, issued in 1996: Vivaldi - depicted in a beautiful teardrop weight backed by an amber flash. Floating above a brilliant- aquamarine cushion - covered in a layer of tiny air bubbles - is a mottled pale-purple spiked form and an elongated silver bubble from which black lines - symbolizing the notes of his...

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