Category Archives: — Art Panels

Fused glass hanging panels for display on their own or back-lit if transparent glass is used for effect.

Inspired I – Abstract Sculpture

I am once again delighted to (finally!) broadcast my success in creating this very inspirational (hence the name) abstract sculpture.  And what a sculpture it is – truly innovative and one-of-a-kind.   Large, bold and colourful: you get lost gazing at the overall effect this piece has on you; yet there is intricacy and detail to delight your discerning eye.

In case the images don’t convey it:  This is a large work: 3 feet x 2 feet, and with a depth of 4 inches.

Inspired I

I rarely post such large images of my work, but I made an exception above.

My vision was to build upon the success of Cosmos Sculpture II with the “wet crinkled fabric” look of Synapse.  I have much enjoyed the use of my custom “wave” molds for several of my sculptural pieces to date (and I shall continue to use them).  Yet I want to also create truly random, unstructured sculptural forms.  Inspired I (and its more opaque companion piece Inspired II) hits this vision on the mark. It looks as though I wrung it out to dry, crinkled, distressed and full of character; this despite the layers of colour and texture I have woven into the surface already.

Inspired I
Inspired I is most brilliant hanging in a window, but is also lovely hanging on a wall surface with a light background or soft backlighting (mounting can be achieved in several ways – please ask me).

Photographing my transparent and opaque work is not an easy task, as I discovered once I started to blog about my work.  Everybody tells me how much more exciting my work is in person!  You will no doubt notice a difference with these images!

These images were produced for me by my good friend and skilled professional photographer Robert Brown, of Robert Brown Photography.

Enjoy the photos below.  Inspired is for sale – please Contact me for details.

Below is a short High Definition quality video I took of this work in the window of my studio (still warm from the kiln no doubt). The morning sun was at a perfect angle to illuminate the wonderment of its colours. It’s somewhat “raw” but I can’t deny it captures the enormous character of this piece.

Inspired II – Abstract Sculpture

My joy in creating Inspired I made me immediately curious what such a unique piece would look like using a dark opaque background.  Inspired II is the result.

In case the images don’t convey it:  This is a large work: 3 feet x 2 feet, and with a depth of 4 inches.

Inspired II is meant to hang on a wall surface with soft spotlighting. Mounting can be achieved in several ways – please ask me.

Inspired II

Photographing my transparent and opaque work is not an easy task, as I discovered once I started to blog about my work. Everybody tells me how much more exciting my work is in person!  You will no doubt notice a difference with these images!

Inspired IIThese images were produced for me by my good friend and skilled professional photographer Robert Brown, of Robert Brown Photography in Kettleby, Ontario (not far from my studio in Schomberg).  Bob, you really captured the essence and spirit of this piece – thank you!  I highly recommend Bob:  his specialty is portraiture, but clearly he has an eye for work like mine, and more.

Inspired II is most definitely for sale – please Contact me for details.

Rolling Wine Country – Reloaded

OK – so now I admit it:  Rolling Wine Country (R.W.C.) took a Humpty-Dumpty fall last year when Tracy and I came home late one evening to find this lovely piece (one of the select few I display in our home) shattered on the floor of our dining room.

Seems two of our family of adorable (most of the time) cats had likely been playing and knocked it to the floor.  I was heartbroken.  I LOVE(ed) this piece. It fit our dining room decor to a “T”. Well, you may or may not agree as we live in a heritage home – and R.W.C. was quite contemporary. But I need not digress here – except to say our Heritage home was Tracy’s idea).

Rolling Wine Country - Reloaded

R.W.C. was literally a basket case for about a year until I decided I could give it a new life, seeing that I have developed some new techniques that could take advantage of the lovely raw material our cats left in their path of destruction.

So here we have it:  “R.W.C. – Reloaded“!   And guess what?  It resides in the same room it lost its first life in (until it’s sold; oh yes, did I mention it’s for sale?).

Rolling Wine Country Reloaded is a most whimsical hanging fused glass sculptural art work. It measures in at 20: x 28″ x 4” and is ready for wall or window hanging, “invisible” hardware included.

You will have noticed I have made a few pieces with this unique method of bending the glass so that it appears so naturally warped and twisted like a rescued crumpled sheet of paper.

Rolling Wine Country - Reloaded

My photos here can’t do this piece justice (unlike the professional photos I have had taken of some of my other recent works including Synapse).

Enjoy the slideshow below. 

Below is a short High Definition quality video I took of this work in a window of my home. It’s somewhat “raw” but it helps to convey the wonderful character of this piece.

Synapse

This very exciting new piece uses a new technique I have developed, forcing the glass to take on a distressed, crinkled look, as if it was a piece of stiff cloth balled up and then folded out again.

Synapse is 24″ x 23″ x 3″.

Several shades of blues and greens on the black background are enhanced by the clear circular and cracked features (reminding me of nerve synapses – though it’s whatever you want it to be!), another new technique I am perfecting with the success of Trinitas, Cosmos Sculpture and Cosmos Sculpture II.

 

 

I made Synapse to be mounted and displayed on a light coloured wall.  It is ready for invisible mounting with included hardware.

Some kudos are due here: Many thanks to my good friend and professional photographer Robert Brown for making Synapse look so good in pictures!

Grenadine Transom Window Series

(2011)

It’s been a while since I’ve published any of my work!

Which is not to say I’ve not been busy, for I have. In fact, I’ve had the busiest Winter since Gotham Glassworks re-opened.

I’m happy to report that I’ve finally been able to make some art for the home I share with my wife Tracy. This series for our dining room compliments a two-tone green series I produced for our front living room.

We’ve been living in Schomberg, Ontario for 5 years now and although I’ve used our space for display and many photography sessions, I’ve wanted to find some time to put an artistic footprint on this unique place we call ours.

The front portion of our house that faces Main Street dates from the 1860’s (the “rear” original portion, housing our kitchen, second bathroom, laundry room, master bath and bedroom, from the 1840’s).

Introducing contemporary fused glass to a heritage home is tricky business, for we’re big on respecting the history of this place. We intend this art to be permanent, residing here long after Tracy and I eventually move on to other pastures, decades from now if we are fortunate.

We think this series introduces a contemporary charm to an otherwise very traditional space, and they marry wonderfully. The grenadine glass compliments the traditional green and red wallpaper.

The panels hang in front of the windows, allowing air to circulate and negating any chances of moisture and mold accumulation (if this information is new to you just ask me).

Multiple fused glass techniques combine to create the visual interest apparent in these pieces. The effects I use add sparkle and three-dimensional intrigue, most apparent in the late afternoon when sunlight beans through them (though more subtle and entertaining throughout the rest oft eh day with indirect light).

Each panel measures 24″ x 12″. My kiln can accommodate sizes of up to 3 feet by 2 feet for any one panel. (Panels can be joined with zinc or lead came channel for larger installations).

Do you have spaces that can be enhanced by art? Talk to me.

Green Transom Window Series

(2011)

This 3-panel series really adds interest in the forms of texture and colour to our front living room.

It’s a relaxing, “green” inspired room and my wife Tracy wanted these pieces to add to this feeling.

Who am I to argue?

This series for our living room compliments a rich grenadine series I produced for our dining room.

Multiple fused glass techniques combine to create the visual interest apparent in these pieces.

Each panel in this case is 24″ x 12″

Do you have windows that can be enhanced by art? Talk to me.