Water Glass, 2016, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 7″ x 13″ x 12″
Water Glass Detail, 2016, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 7″ x 13″ x 12″
Water Glass sculpture video.
The sculpture Water Glass was inspired by the oceans’ fury and movement. The brilliant blue color is a borosilicate glass color called Blue Dream. The new series explores the linear patterns and flowing current of water. Many of my glass sculptures develop layers of glass wavy glass lines. This creates a sense of motion and energy in the water forms.
Shaping and Fusing Movement in Glass
Fusing this glass with a small mini torch requires a bit of leg work. First the mini torch is not the only glass torch that I use to produce my glass sculpture. I also use a larger bench mounted torch. The larger torch allows me to shape, stretch, and twist long glass rods with ease. Colored glass rods contain metals and require a lot of heat. A large torch is needed to prepare the rods for final fusing into a life form.
Colorful Water Glass Sculpture
For years I have worked only in clear boro glass. Many people love the the brilliant, crystal clear gleam of the clear glass. Why was I drawn to lampwork glass in the first place? I was attracted to the stunning colors of boro glass. This type of glass is known for it wild array of glass colors. Some even glow in the dark! Others have luminous shifts from amber to purple. For my glass sculpture I prefer the shocking simplicity of one bold color.