Hepburn Glass on Display in Westport

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A dozen new handmade, exclusive and signed bowls by Mundy Hepburn are now on display, scattered around the Westport River Gallery.

Mundy Hepburn, nephew of legendary Actress Katharine Hepburn, makes blown glass ranging from bowls to giant forms that are filled with rare gas mixtures such as helium, neon, argon, krypton, and xenon.

Glass in the bowls is often mixed with substances for color. For example, the pink comes from gold, while other colors are from different substances. All of Mundy Hepburn's glass begins with common sand from Connecticut, where he grew up, which is then purified and actually boiled into glass, and then blown, stretched, coaxed and evaluated to ensure appropriate levels of stress. The glass bowls in the gallery are hand blown by Mundy Hepburn, molded and each unique and never duplicated. Each is signed and dated. Hepburn’s father was Katharine’s younger brother, and Mundy Hepburn recalls growing up in the famous Fenwick mansion in Old Saybrook. The bowls come with a formal Certificate of Authenticity. They range from vases to large bowls that can be 22 inches wide.

The gallery has art from all over the world, and is open Wed-Sun or by special appointment.


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