Handmade Glass Yad (Torah Pointer)
We commissioned this particular Yad from glassmaker Bandhu Scott Dunham, of Salusa Glassworks on the occasion of the exhibition, The Guiding Hand: The Barr Foundation Collection of Torah Pointers. Bandhu is an internationally recognized glass artist, author, and teacher who has been creating unique works of art in glass since 1975.
This example is made of a shaft of transparent cobalt blue glass with swirls of opaque white in the handle. At one end is a loop for attaching a chain, and the other end is a pointing hand made of cobalt blue glass.
- 7¾ inches long (19.6 cm)
- One of a kind
Salusa Glassworks is the studio of international glass artist, author and teacher, Bandhu Scott Dunham. An internationally respected glass artist, author and teacher, Bandhu's work is in the permanent collections of museums in the US and abroad, and his Contemporary Lampworking books are the authoritative, standard instructional texts in the field.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1959, Bandhu began to teach himself lampwork technique in 1975, while still in high school. As an undergraduate at Princeton, he received informal training from the University’s glassblower before completing his apprenticeship under American and European masters at Urban Glass, the Pilchuck Glass School and the Penland School of Crafts. He regularly teaches workshops at craft schools and private studios around the United States and internationally including the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, The Penland School of Crafts and the Pilchuck Glass School. Bandhu has been a Visiting Foreign Instructor at Osaka University of Arts in Osaka, Japan, and has presented his work at numerous international conferences including The Glass Art Society, Ausglass, The International Festival of Glass, Kobe Lampwork Festa and Glassymposium Lauscha.
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For hundreds of years, Jews used simple tapered wooden sticks to point the way through the text of the Torah without touching the fragile handwritten animal-skin parchment surface of the holy book. These pointers are called “yads” (literally the Hebrew word for "hand", יד) because of the miniature hands that are typically featured on the tip of the pointer. Yads are personal, individualized objects and have developed into a unique art form with great variety since there are no rules governing their form.