From an abandoned design in wood to glass sculpture.

Many months ago, I was back rummaging around in my old wood pantry looking for something. And I stumbled upon a long forgotten, unfinished wood sculpture that I only vaguely remembered.  However, finding the form promising, I decided to have another go at it, only this time I converted the wood concept into a glass sculpture.

Enigma, cast cobalt blue glass sculpture by Harry Pollitt
Enigma, from an abandoned design in wood to glass sculpture, by Harry Pollitt

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Enigma | 1′-8″ h, 11″ w, 10″ d | Kiln cast crystal | Cobalt Blue | Inquire
A fuller explanation might help you understand why, at 99% completion, it didn’t make the final cut. (No pun intended). It was originally a small tree that began to split into two upper limbs, creating the “Y” shape.  This would have been Morph XV, and I really liked where I was going with the design — with severe undercuts and penetrations.  But the ultimate flow and balance just didn’t work for me because I had sculpted too far into it.  So I abandoned the piece.  I have referred to “risk” many times in my wood art and glass sculptures.  This was a classic example of the problem with “reduction art.” Once the material is removed, it is gone forever.

As a glass sculpture, Enigma was to be my first new work for 2014. And it is, but October was not the planned delivery date. (There’s a story in there somewhere.  Something about how Gaye and I have just moved to downtown Santa Fe.  And how I also moved and totally re-designed my studio.  But that’s a story to be told elsewhere on the site at a later time.  At the moment, I am settled in, in full production and also preparing for SOFA Chicago 2014 next month.)

Creating ENIGMA…from wood design inspiration, through wax & foundry to glass sculpture

A new Pollitt piece will emerge from this abandoned sculptural design in Wormy Chestnut wood to glass sculpture.

Abandoned Morph XV, in wood

Just a blank wax form from which Pollitt's first glass sculpture of 2014 will emerge.

Blank wax form


The original wood sculpture was Wormy Chestnut and, as photographed here, measured 1′-3″ high, 10″ wide, 6″ deep. The blank wax form for the sculpture in glass started out as 1′-8″ h, 1′-0″ w, 10″ deep.

Brown wax form shows white chalked guidelines sketched by Harry Pollitt and sculpting progress

Guidelines & some sculpting

Finished wax, about to become Harry Pollitt's #28 glass sculpture.

Finished wax, ready for the foundry

Still a work in progress, Pollitt's glass sculpture returned from foundry, awaits removal of sprues and many days of finishing.

Rough glass, back from the foundry, sprues still in place.

Enigma, a Colbalt Blue kiln-cast sculpture by Harry Pollitt.

Finished & named – Enigma


POST SCRIPT:  After three weeks at the foundry, the piece is no longer brown wax nor a kiln cast, cobalt blue form from the foundry.  It is now my 28th glass sculpture and the first piece I cold worked & completed in the “Wet Room” of my new studio.

Close up of the water system Pollitt rigged up for his glass cold working process.

I built this “circulating water system.” Water in a bucket with submersible pump travels to a fine-spray nozzle and drains back to the bucket.
Works like a charm!

Pollitt cold working his new, blue glass sculpture using fine-mist water spray and diamond sandpaper.

COLD WORKING. Hand finishing my piece with diamond sandpaper and a fine spray of water.


Other Available Glass Sculptures

  • Bashert
  • Capricious
  • Pinnacle
  • Coriolis
  • Enigma
  • Sentinel
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Escape Velocity
  • Ode to Morph
  • Mariah
  • Splash
  • Red Shift
  • Classic Moves
  • Awakening
  • Aurora

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