This past year I have experimented in creating colorful glass ocean life sculptures. I am interested in using transparent, popping colors that allow the light to illuminate the form. Patterns and structures found in varieties of seaweed, corals, and even in water itself have inspired this colored glass series.
Using Hand Torches and Bench Torches
Producing colored glass water and coral forms required a new approach to working the glass rods. For years I used primarily clear transparent glass which was easily handled with just a glass hand torch. When using the colored rods I use a combination of a bench torch and a glass hand torch. I use the larger bench torch to heat, stretch, and shape the glass rods. After the colored rods are prepared I begin to assemble them using the large bench torch. This type of glass prep work is very meditative and relaxing!
Water Glass sculpture video. Producing one of a several blue Water sculpture commissions, 2016-17.
Colorful Coral Forms with Beautiful Structure
There are so many spectacular coral forms! Torch coral, brain coral, and fan coral are just a few that I am interested in exploring. The cellular structures of brain corals have been the focus of several sculptures during the last two years. Several of these brain corals were made using clear glass. This colorless glass is truly luminous! Since recently exhibiting these sculptures, I have returned to finish a large Favia Brain Coral. This sculpture combines different colors of transparent glass.
Two of my most complex coral form sculptures are now in the glass exhibit Embracing Narrative (March 4 – June 4) at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. This glass exhibition will be up through until June during the GAS Conference in Norfolk. The Chrysler Museum’s Perry Glass Studio will be hosting the Annual Glass Art Society conference Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance (June 1-3)
Developing a Favia Brain Coral Structure
The video below shows the time lapse creation of a small Favia Brain Coral form. Inspired by spontaneous drawing of solid coral forms, these sculptures are envisioned and structured as luminous glass drawings. I am using the glass rods as fluid line interpreting solid form into drawn volumes. I currently have a large version of this coral form combining color and transparent glass. A very exciting shift in the direction of my work!
Working on the Favia Brain Coral
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