Harry Pollitt - jade green Pinnacle glass sculpture

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Harry Pollitt - jade green Pinnacle glass sculpture
Pinnacle
Jade Green
1′ 9″ h, 6″ dia.

Precariously cantilevered cast glass sculpture

Some pieces just seem to “happen.” They emerge uncontested as if they were simply meant to be. Pinnacle, my newest cast glass sculpture, is not such a piece.

I knew what I wanted to achieve. But balancing the structure and aesthetics of the upper 40% of the piece was a significant challenge. Especially since it cantilevers precariously over negative space.

Harry Pollitt - Pinnacle glass sculpture
Harry Pollitt - Pinnacle glass sculpture
Harry Pollitt - Pinnacle glass sculpture

Wax on. Wax off.

During the wax sculpture phase, I rebuilt this piece six times. I was trying to “make” it work. With each iteration, I was adding material to support the upper element. And each time, that “mass” kept getting in the way and detracting from the beauty and flow of line.

It was an interesting left brain/right brain contest. Neither side willing to concede. But beauty triumphed. And, once again, engineering is disguised as aesthetics. The studio can sometimes produce interesting theater.

Creating this piece

Wax sculpture, glass from foundry, finished work

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