Feather Star, 2015, Boro glass, 13″ x 15″ x 15″
The flameworked Feather Star was inspired by a stunning creature found in the starfish family. The Feather Star hardly looks like your typical starfish. Instead it looks like some sort of seaweed or branching coral. The Feather Star has many branches that radiate from a central mouth. Each starfish arm has dozens of tendrils that collect food. The Feather Star actually has stubby little feet on the underside. These enable it to walk and climb.
Reef Creatures Made of Glass
In the reef habitat you can see the Feather Star perched on top of coral colonies. They often attach themselves to Fan corals. When creating this glass sculpture I was really inspired by the graceful movements and poses of the Feather Star. In flamework glass it is possible to heat and bend the glass to capture the elegant curling arms and tendrils.
One striking trait of the Feather Star is its amazing color! Just look at the rich color variation of different Feather Stars. This picture featured on the National Geographic website shows the stunning color. You can see how the Feather Star climbs on top of other reef life. Some Feather Stars are found in one bright color while others are two-toned.
Making the Flameworked Feather Star
There are many blog articles on my website about glass flameworking. In these articles I explain my unique process of creating flameworked glass sculpture. You can actually watch live video of the Feather Star being made. The post Glass Sculpture An Art of Patience shows how I used the mini hard torch to create this reef creature. The glass Feather Star is part of a reef life series of sculptures.
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