Gracefully fluid glass sculptures
Kiln cast crystal, Copper Blue
“Under cut” is a term in glass casting used to describe a curved element that is not supported. But under cuts are my stock in trade. So, if they couldn’t be accomplished, then this adventure in gracefully fluid glass sculptures would quickly come to an end. To do this in glass is risky business, because when glass cools, it shrinks and can crack at the apex of the curve.
There is an adage in sailing that you don’t know how fast your boat can go until you turn it over. So it is with my work right from the start. I don’t know how far I can push the limits until there is a failure. With this piece, I was pushing both the materials and the foundry doing my casting work. What fun is there in playing it safe?
The name Adagio is an ironic play on words. Adagio is a symphonic movement played slowly. It is also a ballet movement that is about fluidity and grace. The name, on the surface, is fitting for the piece, but behind the scenes was great risk and consternation.
Creating ADAGIO…wax cylinder setting up, wax sculpture in progress, finished work