Kiln-cast contemporary glass sculpture
Wood had been my sculpting medium for forty years. But in November at SOFA Chicago 2009, I began a “cross-over” adventure – absolutely unexpected and dramatic. Suddenly, I was casting my work in new light!
Available Works in Glass
It’s not often you get to make a first impression a second time, but on March 11, 2010, I completed my first glass sculpture — and named it Second First, honoring the second time I’ve created my first-ever piece.
Collected Works in Glass
The process was entirely unfamiliar to me. My learning curve was bent backwards. I had created a wax cylinder … that I sculpted … sanded … and “finished” … into a positive sculpted wax form. (An aside. For me to sand wax was a particularly perverse process. The words sandpaper and wax just do not belong together!)
Then I had sent the wax form to a foundry … to be transformed into kiln cast glass … and brought it back to my studio where I did the final grinding and sanding.
The concept of partnering with anything but the Creative Force and my medium was completely foreign to me. To hand over my work to a foundry, to be wholly dependent upon them for any step of my process — let alone the utterly most crucial step? It was heart-poundingly terrifying!
Still the adventure continues. I’m totally captivated by the process and final product. After spending 40 years working in shades of brown, I am using color and am awestruck when light hits the work. It truly glows and feels alive.
I love it. I really love it. Welcome to my glass art world.