Trained as a furniture designer, Max Jacquard found he was more suited to working with clay and glass, eventually developing a reputation for his innovative techniques and concepts. The UK artist combines media, kiln formed and cold worked techniques to tell personal stories.
The Prodigal Scarecrows shown here, are part of Jacquard’s Glass Stitchery series. He used fused, slumped and sandblasted glass, stitched together in a patchwork style, brilliantly making us believe they are fabric effigies standing guard against predators.
“These figures are like strange guardians of the landscape standing proud but slightly tattered but as if they don’t quite know what their purpose in life should be.”
Jacquard’s website shows a diverse collection of sculptures in several different series – many of them, both the work and his thoughtful descriptions – may give you pause for thought.
Look closely at the sculpture of Jacquard’s son Jesse’s arm above (Botanical Series) to see the plant tendril that runs through the center of the arm. This is the core casting technique he has become known for: “combining two disparate forms in one glass object.”
From the website: “The outer casting is taken from the arm of Max’s son Jesse aged twelve. The inner form is the tendril of an Ivy plant as is snakes it’s way up a tree. Combining the two forms brings forth a host of associations and metaphors including motifs from religious and art historical sources from ancient history and the Renaissance and from Eastern and Western culture. It is at once a very universal and a very personal piece that could only be made in glass.”
Max Jacquard’s website