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What makes an object collectible? It must be precious, remarkable and an object of sentiment. Sister duo Dinah and Patty Hulet’s work has earned this highly coveted badge. The Hulet sisters began creating hyperrealistic glass confections in 2005. Almost immediately, their sweet creations received an enthusiastic response from the public. The pieces exude a rococo-like decadence and can easily be imagined as having been precious items once owned by Marie Antoinette.
Neither Patty nor Dinah began their careers in glass work, but both were drawn into the fold.
As the sisters became more captivated with glass art, their passions morphed into a business which they founded together in the mid 1980’s in their home studio in costal northern California. Astonishingly, the two self-taught sisters were able to grow their business from selling at local craft fairs to marketing their work only to fine art galleries and upscale gift shops.
Dinah has been working with glass for over 40 years and has had her works featured in galleries and museums across the country. She works extensively with murrine, a technique developed around 2000 years ago in which designs are created by layering colored canes atop each other. The images are revealed only when cross sections of the cane are cut. Dinah combines simple elements to make captivating geometric or figurative images. Her process begins with an emotional response to a face. Working from this point she is able to translate that emotional response through her expressive use of color, evoking an emotive response from her audience.
my life there came a man called George. 1998, huletglass.blogspot.com, California. Lampworked mosaic glass (murrine) cane slice assemblage.