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mielle riggie’s cast glass dresses

Glass artist Mielle Riggie used the ancient pate de verre technique, packing granules of glass frit into a mold and then firing the mold, to create a collection of cast glass dresses. The results are ghostly, and each one looks like it has a story to tell. . .I want to know more.






“I form many of my castings with this technique because it allows me to carefully control the thickness of the casting and experiment with creating thin and lacey details. The pate de verre method I use also results in two different surfaces: a shiny reflective side, formed closer to the heat, and a matte surface which was formed against the walls of the mold.”

Mielle Riggie explains more about her process in this video.

The dresses shown here are a small part of the collection on Riggie’s website – in addition to cast glass leaves (lovely), branches, bees. . .and more.

Mielle Riggie’s website

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masters and munn revisited

Back in 2011 I wrote about Masters & Munn – partners in life and art who create fine art sculptures of full bodies, torsos and other body parts using gypsum, copper, bronze and leather.


Icarus Had A Sister

The couple recently wrote to share their latest work, ‘Icarus Had A Sister’, a sculpture that André (the Masters half of Masters & Munn) had first thought about ten years ago. André Masters’ goal was to create a piece that would “simultaneously express the fragile beauty and infinite wisdom and strength of a woman” (can we clone him?).


Icarus Had A Sister, detail

“The story behind the piece is obviously a spin off from the Greek legend of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun with wings held together with wax, and fell to his death. His sister, in our modern twist on the legend, was a bit more savvy and built her wings from sturdier things. We catch her in the moment just before her maiden flight, perched and ready to face her destiny.” CJ Munn 


To bring this idea to life the artists added 3D printing to their considerable skills. Every feather was 3D printed –  each one of the more than 200 feathers individualized before printing. The feathers were then coated in a veneer of real copper and carefully assembled one at a time to create the stunning wings.


The original lifecast of model Louise Banks

“The body and feet of our maiden were remolded and cast in white onyx powder and crushed pearl in resin, to give her an almost ethereal glow. The plinth she sits upon was cast from an ancient slate monolith found in Surrey, England, and was made from cast slate, with ribbons of copper and iron running throughout.”


Close up of the cast slate plinth

Not surprisingly, the piece won the Global Rising Star Award at London’s 3D Print Show and went on to be exhibited at the Paris 3D Print Show at the Louvre Gallery.

Masters and Munn are selling the sculpture, photographic prints of the sculpture and individual feathers in solid silver and bronze to fund the next two pieces in the collection. I look forward to seeing what they create next.

Bronze Feather

‘Icarus Had A Sister’, both the story behind the work and the sculpture itself, gave me pause.Thinking about my own experience as a woman in today’s society I realized that although my journey has often been a long, winding path with hidden obstacles, along the way I learned to look towards the future and I am ready to fly. . .to soar. First I am building my wings from sturdier things as all strong women do.

Masters and Munn website

2011 DAM post about Masters and Munn


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john iversen’s jacks

I played jacks as a child. Didn’t everyone? John Iversen’s jacks brought back lovely childhood memories.

iversen1The New York artist has several different jewelry collections and is best known for his leaf castings. iversen3All of the collections are quite lovely, however Jacks and Blocks are my favorites – how about you? iversen2

 Jacks, 18kt gold, semi precious stones, pearls




John Iversen at work

 John Iversen’s website

Many thanks to Kathleen Dustin for the link.

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sowon joo’s conceptual jewelry

Sowon Joo’s portfolio of conceptual jewelry made me want to speak in hushed tones. Somehow she is able to effectively show us the soft side of hard metal. Delicate. Ethereal. Lovely.












The conceptual jewelry portfolio is extensive – but you also want to look at her custom jewelry, sculpture and tableware. Plentiful skill and talent, for sure.

Sowon Joo’s website


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jan kransberger explores the female form

Drawn to the tactile qualities of cast glass, Jan Kransberger explores the female form, creating sculptures that express moments of joy, solace, contemplation, reminiscence and introspection.

jank_youcantellme You Can Tell Me
fine silver,plaster,clay

jank_somewherebetweenadreamSomewhere Between A Dream and Reality 
kiln cast crystal, pate de verre 
12 1/2″x9″ x3 1/2″

kiln cast crystal 


First Impressions
kiln cast crystal, sterling silver beads, plaster
17 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ x 3 1/4″


When Shadows Fall
kiln cast crystal, sterling silver
14″x7″x3 1/4″

 ”The particular way light comes through the material is more interesting to me than the traditional beauty of the material and its glossy smooth surfaces. To me, the soft, velvety appearance of my work enhances the subtleties of mood I strive for.”

Jan Kransberger’s website

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