Glass artist, Harry Pollitt, describes the surprises unveiled by Feminique, his kiln cast glass sculpture. And shares the consequences of a disastrous crack he caused to his own piece.
Shape Shifter : In previous glass pieces, I utilized the basic form – inside outside curved lines and planes. But, here, for the first time, I incorporated diverging lines. Lines that heretofore I had only used in my wood wall sculptures.
Shape Shifter | 7″ h, 12″ diameter | Kiln cast dichroic crystal | Hyacinth | SOLD to Private Collection.
Midnight Moves: The most difficult sculptural glass I’ve completed to date. And the most difficult to cast. And yet, the degree of difficulty plays an integral role in the moodiness and depth created by the dark orange red glass.
Midnight Moves | 1′-7″ h, 10″ diameter | Kiln cast crystal | Dark Orange Red | SOLD to Private Collector.
In the emerging stages, my first cast glass wall sculpture was a whole new process for me. In wood, a wall sculpture is a familiar and enjoyable form. Yet, at first, it felt “weird” in wax. I had to become acclimated all over again to designing without the wood grain. There seemed now to be no point of beginning.
Coriolis| 1′-3″ h, 2′-6″ w, 1-1/4″ deep | Kiln cast crystal | Pale Cobalt Blue | Inquire
Opening night tonight, November 6, and for the next three days, the Thomas Riley Galleries will exhibit five of my sculptures, 4 in cast glass and 1 in wood – Enigma, Midnight Moves, Red Shift, Ode to Morph, and Morph VI in black cherry wood. This is the 9th consecutive year my work has been represented at SOFA and the second time my two styles of sculpture will be exhibited in the same year.
Some months back, I stumbled upon a long forgotten, unfinished wood sculpture. I had abandoned it because I had excavated it so much that I could not execute my intended design. The dangers of reduction art! Now, I’ve given it another try – this time converting the sculptural concept in wood to a glass sculpture.
Enigma| 1′-8″ h, 11″ w, 10″ d | Kiln cast crystal | Cobalt Blue | Inquire.