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Alan Trout

2011    Size   H: 12.5 in  W: 4.5 in  

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Live oak acorn caps cast in blue resin. Rim and foot are live oak burl cast in the same resin. My inspiration and name for this piece were derived from my childhood. My father in the 50's and 60's was a Air Force pilot and was an instrument instructor pilot. He instructed pilots from all over the world and often there were dinner parties at our house. My mother is a fabulous cook and would often make Raspberry Chiffon Pie as desert for the parties. I never cared much for crust so she would always make extra of the Chiffon filling. She would fill a crystal parfait glass of this shape with layers of the chiffon filling, fresh raspberries and topped with whipped cream. I did not realize this was my influence until I had the cup made and remembered my mother doing this and every time I saw those parfait glasses come out I new what was about to happen. It is amazing to me how Pavlovian we are and how something as simple as a shape can bring back these fond memories.

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