A Piece of a Pomegranate II

More Works By Catherine Vamvakas Lay Blown Glass and Bronze 2010
5 × 13 × 13 in 12.7 × 33.02 × 33.02 cm

About A Piece of a Pomegranate II

At once contemporary, elegant and sensuous, Canadian artist Catherine Vamvakas Lay created a series of hand-blown glass tabletop sculptures shaped like a cluster of raspberry red pomegranate seeds. The highly polished translucent seeds reflect light and are nestled on a bronze base. Vamvakas Lay was born in Crete and her artwork is often inspired by ancient Greek symbols still in use today.

“Pomegranates of various materials are found in most households as amulets of good fortune, abundance, and fertility. The symbol is linked to the Classical Greek myth of Persephone and the fruit that she brought from the underworld. As a result, pomegranates and pomegranate seeds can symbolically be linked with the unconscious and the spiritual.” Catherine Vamvakas Lay

Catherine Vamvakas Lay specialized in sculpture and earned a degree in Fine Arts from York University, and a diploma in glass from Sheridan Institute of Technology. Vamvakas Lay has received several honours and awards including receipt of a full-time residence at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre Glass Studio for three years. Her work is found in many collections in Canada, the US, Amsterdam and Korea. She has participated in group exhibitions in the US, Korea, Japan, Canada and Belgium.