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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:

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.

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

More Red Fissure!

(2009)

Back by popular demand!

Based on your rave reviews of Red Fissure Bowl, Greg has produced two more art glass pieces based on this stunning black-on-clear theme with distinctive cherry red fissure-like streaks running throughout.

Look carefully at the fissures – they have a particular character all their own!

These contemporary pieces that will add an attractive focal point to your decor. Their light source will cascade lovely red reflections onto your table surface.

The disk measures 14″ in diameter and is designed for display directly in a back-lit window or cabinet (stand included).

The art glass platter measures 15 3/8″ x 7 3/4″. Its surface is food-friendly but hand wash only.

Goth Cube Chandelier

SOLD

A stunning and definitely one-of-a-kind stained glass “chandelier”, Greg used the copper foil method to create 4 unique panels making up the “cube”, suspended by its custom steel framework.

This work is suited well for a high-ceiling dining room, foyer or lobby space.

Goth Cube Chandelier measures 11.5″ x 11.5″ x 20.25″ (5.0 feet total height including metal support structure).

Morning Smile

(2009)

You may recognize the Aventurine Green and cathedral green glasses from Resisting Conformity, used here with a different flare and with a chrystalline finishing effect providing a whimsical translucence.

Morning Smile is 13″ wide x 34″ high.