Glass Loaves, Leonardo da Vinci, and Loren Stump…

Have you heard the name Loren Stump? Get ready for your mind to be blown… this is lampworking at a whole new level.

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The above video goes over his technique on how Loren is able to create these amazing glass pieces.

Check out the work below…

“This is amazing! Californian glassworker Loren Stump is a celebrated expert at manipulating the fickle and delicate medium of glass. Known especially for his work with murrine, over 40 years Stump has mastered the technique of layering coloured molten glass around a core and then stretching the whole thing into a rod.

Once cooled and cut into, a cross-section of this rod reveals intricate patterns. Think of it like an incredible detailed candy-cane.

Not only is Stump adept at making murrine that he can create figurative images within the cross-sections that are hidden until the rod is sliced, he is also able to combine the two-dimensional forms into three-dimensional objects.

Some of his work is mind-boggling and it’s difficult to imagine how he even begins to create these classical pictures by mixing molten glass together. But he does and the results are incredible.

Each slice of this ‘loaf’ sold for $5000!” (Sumner, 2014)


In the interview Stump is asked how he is able to achieve what is called Murrine, “Breaking down elaborate pictures or ideas into detailed components. The components are built up from strokes of molten glass (as with painting), to create eyes, noses and mouths. Then these components are heated and stretched to a smaller size. The components are then cut to shorter pieces and assembled hot with a torch to create an image. An elaborate image may contain hundreds of components and be assembled and pulled and reassembled many times” (Sumner, 2014).


Sumner, M. (2014, June 10). This glass ‘loaf’ with detailed artwork is the most awesome thing we’ve seen all year – Lost At E Minor: For creative people. Retrieved July 28, 2014, from


Please remember this is just glass in the hands of a genius.






Image Source (Lost At e Minor)