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Apparent Movement – The Making Of


See the completed work here.

(2009)

This six-piece fused glass sculpture is a commissioned work, designed to be as “one” for only a short time:  six individuals are recipients of each piece, a gesture to recognize and thank them for their contribution to a great and exciting cause.

Each piece required 3 separate kiln firings to incorporate the various texture and curvature effects.  The particular Grenadine glass Greg used possesses lots of subtle character, not to mention a rich romantic colour.  Each piece is approximately 19 inches wide, 12 inches high and  5 inches deep. Arranged end-to-end the sculpture is over 9 feet long.

The flow of energy and passion flows from one piece to another:  the six unique pieces are arranged into a continuous visual loop.  The flow of energy and passion is generated by several techniques: the waves of red and clear transparent glass; the kiln carved striped impressions on the rear and front (look carefully – there are two techniques); the whispy Grenadine stringers; and the three-dimensional wave form of each piece and their ascending and declining top edges.

The following two Slideshows and one Videoshow below demonstrate some of Greg’s basic steps in the construction of one of the six pieces that make up Apparent Movement.

Greg’s Comment on this The Making Of:

If this all looks simple then I’ve done a good job. What makes art, in my belief, is its ability to convey a sense of “magic”, not only in the finished work’s affect on your senses, but in the process of its creation. What makes you listen and watch the complex hand movements of a master harpist (my Sister is one), magician or guitarist (my Brother), practicing the best of their work? It seems magical and so it should.

Some artists fear exposure of their technique. I do not; I know that for you to attempt what I describe in these images and video you will appreciate the true complexity and discipline involved. I hope you try! Like many lucky others, you may just discover the wonderful world of glass I find myself immersed in.

Learning the making of an artwork can stimulate one’s appreciation for it and for this exciting and stimulating medium in general- that is my goal here – enjoy!

THE MAKING OF … SLIDESHOW No. 1 :

THE MAKING OF … SLIDESHOW No. 2 :

THE MAKING OF … VIDEOSHOW:

Natural Beauty

A botanical theme! This is a striking fused art glass panel – these pictures don’t do it justice.

The leaves are a separately made combination of persimmons and dark amber cathedral glass providing their lovely striped effect. They remind Greg of variegated Cana Lilly leaves! Thicker than the green stems, they provide a rich and dimensional texture to this colourful and whimsical piece.

The stems and flower-like enhancements are fused from various green shades of green and multiple textures of frit, further enhancing its 3-dimensional nature.

Natural Beauty measures 24″ x 23″ and is designed to hang in a well-lit window or back-lit space. This particular work also looks lovely front-illuminated or in a natural indoor setting.

Please note that Greg does not commit any work to a hanging method until it is sold. Greg will consult with the purchaser to determine the most suitable method, given the work’s desired location. Installation charges may apply depending on the method chosen. Please Contact Greg to discuss in more detail.

Hot N Spicy

Be sure to check out “The Making Of …” this work.

The name says it all for this stunning 3 feet by 2 feet fused art panel!

These photos don’t pay justice to the striking colour depth of the red, orange and marigold opalescent glass used in this work. Black and select large coloured frit enhances the fissures for a textured effect.

Note on mounting/hanging: The artist recommends this panel  be mounted on a wall to create a “floating” effect, using one of various hardware methods.  Greg does not commit fused panels to a mounting method at time of completion; in consultation with the purchaser he will utilize a chosen method that best suits his/her design and viewing preferences.

Firey Nebula

A wonderment of colour, texture and design! You may recognize the marigold, hot red and orange glasses from Hot & Spicy, used with significantly different method and resulting mood.

Some accents are fully fused into the base, while most are dimensionally fused providing a wonderful texture effect adding life and apparent movement.

Firey Nebula is 24″ wide x 23″ high.

Note on mounting/hanging: This panel can be mounted or hanged inside a window or backlit frame using various hardwares.  Greg does not commit fused panels to a mounting method at time of completion; in consultation with the purchaser he will utilize a chosen method that best suits his/her design and viewing preferences.

To Be Square

(2009)

This square fused art glass vessel features persimmons opalescent, amber and green cathedral “checkers”, and is set on clear with assorted frits to “dirty” its appearance (how naughty of Greg).

To Be Square is 16″ x 16″ and is food safe.

For your convenience, Gotham Glassworks offers several display stands models at additional cost.

Blue Spirit

(2009)

Cobalt Blue opalescent glass – a fabulous colour as a base for this fused art glass vessel series, enhanced with multi-colour semi-transparent green, yellow, ivory and blue accents, and confetti and frits for added flair.

All are food safe! Hand washing recommended – though Greg recommends they are beautiful as display art!

For your convenience, Gotham Glassworks offers several display stands models at additional cost.

– The large round ball surface can only be displayed as it has no flat surface and measures 20″ in diameter.
– Square platter is 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″
– Rectangular platter is 15″ x 7 1/2″
– Small ball surface is 8″ in diameter
– Plates (2) are 8 1/2″ in diameter