Mary Ann Toots Zynsky, is most known for her stunning, distinctive aesthetic and the development of “Filet de Verre” —her signature technique. Simply put, there is no mistaking a Toots Zynsky piece. Even at a distance, her work flows and folds into the space surrounding it. They are an amalgamation of color, compelling lines and imagination.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, she completed her BFA in 1973 at the Rhode Island School of Design. Zynsky, along with her contemporaries (Dan Dailey, Bruce Chao and Therman Statom) were among the first to study under Dale Chihuly. Being a part of the first generation of artists working in new ways with glass, her artistic contribution was pivotal in bringing the studio glass movement to a global audience. Accordingly, her art is represented in over 70 museums worldwide.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Boymans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Musée des Arts Décoratifs du Louvre, Paris, France
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY
Musei Civici Veneziani, Venice, Italy
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan