Mary Ann “Toots” Zynsky

Mary Ann "Toots" Zynsky (b. 1951) is a glass blower who is best known for her filet de verre technique, which she developed in 1982.

Filet de verre is the process of pulling glass threads from hot glass canes, which gives her work a unique quality that had never before been achieved in glass.

Zynsky receiving her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1973. She has also studied at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. Zynksy was a pioneer at both the famed Pilchuck Glass School - where she studied with Dale Chihuly - and later, at New York's Experimental Glass Workshop (Urban Glass), where she worked as assistant director and head of the hot shop.

Her glass vessels are represented in over 70 international museum collections, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Corning Museum of Glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Modern Art, 
National Museum of American Art (Renwick Gallery), Smithsonian Institution, among others.

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