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 :
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THE MAKING OF … VIDEOSHOW: