Current direction

I am starting to move away from the rigid lines that have been a part of my work for so long. I am interested in exploring more free-flowing line forms and having less control over the design, leaving it up to the heat of the kiln for the coloured rods to do their slow dance.  I'm working on a series of these blocks. 

 

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Little hand and feet

In the last post, I briefly mentioned different glass casting techniques; lost wax casting and the other method is an open casting method. The lost wax method is good for intricate detail and where it's difficult to remove clay etc from the mould.

I used a soft modelling compound to form the shape of the hand and the feet and then filled the cavity with molten wax. A plaster mould was then made of the wax and then the wax melted out. I then placed the glass pieces in the plaster mould and fired it in the kiln.

These three little sculptures of my children's hand and feet when they were each 8 weeks old, sit on my kitchen windowsill and so I see them a hundred times a day as my growing children mill around the house.  They are a reminder of those days when they were all babies - an eternity and yet five minutes. 

glass beginnings

This cast glass boat was one of my first ever projects. My entry into the world of kiln-formed glass, or "warm glass", was by way of a three month one-day-a-week course. This boat is the only piece I still have from that course, many years ago.

There are different methods in creating cast glass. The original form can be made out of wax (this method is known as 'lost wax casting') or another pliable substance, such as clay for example. I used clay for this piece. A plaster mould is then made and the original removed. Glass is placed in the remaining cavity and melted at about 800 degrees celcius in a kiln.

I love the boat form. I'm not even sure why, considering I have fear of deep, dark water. If I can't see the bottom of the river, sea etc then I don't feel safe. If I can see the bottom, then I feel better,  although that depends on what else I can see! But boats themselves, I do like. Perhaps it's the notion of freedom that they offer, in a different way from how a car offers freedom. On a boat you can travel exposed, out in the elements. It symbolizes a meditative tranquility to me. Or, perhaps I love them simply for their form, their shape. The more basic, the more aesthetically appealing, in my view.

 

dimensions: 16cm long x 4cm high x 7cm wide

new website

Welcome to my new website.  This has been my fun project for the past few months and it has been a rather steep learning curve!  Finally, it's up and running.  Now I can get back in to the studio to work on my next series.  Stay tuned ..........