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Category Archives: Glass

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.

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“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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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
12″x7″x3.5″

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

jank_connectionsConnections 
kiln cast crystal 
14″x9″1/2×4″

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

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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

emily brock’s glass architectural scenes

Glass rooms. . .kind of like glass houses. . .don’t throw stones. Instead, raise a toast to Emily Brock. Her glass sculptures explore the interiors of diners, libraries, studios, offices and other rooms we occupy on a daily basis. 

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 Studio Life15”H x 16.5”W x 17.5”D

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 Studio Life, detail

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 Studio Life, detail

The miniature rooms, created by fusing, slumping, casting and lampworking glass, beg the viewer to jump in so that we may experience the surroundings as its inhabitants do.

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 Beverage Host

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 Beverage Host, detail

Brock’s attention to detail is astonishing, showing us that it takes a great degree of skill and expertise to execute these detailed sculptures. She makes it easy for us to conjure up stories to go along with the scenes.

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 Coffee Culture

I am intrigued by Brock’s description. . .such mystery: “In the constructed interior architectural scenes there usually is an object out of place or the feeling of a task left unfinished, part of the hidden lives we carry on.” Wonderful!

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 Coffee Culture, detail

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 Coffee Culture, detail

“I am inspired by our current culture, the places we visit or inhabit on a day to day basis. They are all of interest, the diners, the libraries, our homes, offices and even espresso cafes. In the constructed interior architectural scenes there usually is an object out of place or the feeling of a task left unfinished, part of the hidden lives we carry on. The viewing of a person in public carries with it a whole life we can only imagine. I like the mystery of the unfinished narrative. I am interested in the inclusion of the viewer in the story.” ~ Emily Brock

 

luke jacomb’s blown glass canoe paddles

Luke Jacomb’s blown glass canoe paddles might not be sea-worthy, but they are certainly see-worthy. The New Zealand artist learned his craft from his father glass artist John Croucher, one of the founders of Gaffer Glass.

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In addition to these wonderful canoe paddles, Jacomb’s portfolio (and archives) features baskets, canoes, goblets, forks, and a variety of other cast and blown glass sculpture.

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Luke Jacomb’s website


 About Chloe

Thank you so much. . .although I have not responded to everyone who commented on my post about Chloe (or the dozens of people who wrote to me privately) please know that your kind words, heartfelt thoughts and prayers lift me up. I miss her more than I can say. . .


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This issue gives you a look at millions of glass beads, a most unusual home/art studio, sculptures created with cut and curled paper strips, two how-to projects, bold polymer jewelry with a limited color palette, an introduction to an artist who stitches wild grass and oh-so-much-more!

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vivian wang’s cast glass and stoneware figures

Before she became a sculptor Vivian Wang had a long, successful career as a fashion designer in NYC.

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Frog
cast glass, stoneware, pigment powders, oil and casein paints, steel base

That makes perfect sense when you see the detail the artist paints onto her signature cast glass and stoneware figures.

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Sunburst
cast glass, stoneware, pigment powders, oil and casein paints, steel base

Under Wang’s skilled hands the garments worn by the women and children come alive with distinctive patterns, beautiful colors and textile-like surfaces.

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Fish Kite
cast glass, stoneware, pigment powders, oil and casein paints, steel base

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Dragon & Phoenix
cast glass, stoneware, pigment powders, oil and casein paints, steel base

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Lucky
cast glass, stoneware, pigment powders, oil and casein paints, steel base

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Altered Coat

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Vivian Wang with several of her sculptures

Vivian Wang’s website

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