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Mirror oh mirror by Sam Orlando Miller

To make each piece, Miller has the glass hand-blown in Poland, silvered, then shipped to his Italian workshop, where he experiments, using low-acid chemicals or just leaving them out in the elements. He also creates the steel frames on which the glass sits. For this series, Miller silver-plated the frames, to call even more attention to the mirrors as autonomous objects but also to hark back to his childhood as the son of a silversmith. “Part of growing up with silver made me realize it was just a substance that happens to be wonderful to work with because of its physical qualities, not its status or worth,” Miller has said. “The skill of working with silver is the understanding of reflection. When you make an object in silver you need to know how it captures the world around it.”