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paul messink: ghostly glass panels

Viewers often ask glass artist Paul Messink if he embeds photographs in his work. No. Not even close.

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North Avenue Beach, Chicago, 9 layers

While the work looks like it might include photographs, the Illinois artist actually paints images onto several layers of glass. He applies enamel by hand, creating depth by layering, diminishing size and color, texture and translucence in each of the 9-12 layers needed to complete one panel. The layers are then kiln-cast to form one solid layer.

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Misty Road, 9 layers

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Solitude, 6 layers

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Light Rain, 9 layers

“Looking at nature for inspiration, I create scenes which often include bare trees. I like bare trees because of their minimalism, and because they reveal a great deal of character.”

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Forest in Fog, 9 layers

The trees enveloped in fog give me a quiet place to rest my eyes; my mind slows a bit; my heart finds a moment of much needed peace. Many thanks to Paul for a peaceful start to my day. . .

Paul Messink’s website

raven skyriver: blown glass

It feels good to be posting here on DAM again. While not quite ‘daily’ yet, I’m making good progress in that direction! Many thanks to all who wrote with kind words and lovely sentiments welcoming me back home. Today let’s take a look at Raven Skyriver, who has been blowing glass since he was 16 years old – just about half of his life.

Pup

Pup

Pup, detail

Pup, detail

After Lark Dalton taught him to build his own equipment and trained him in the Venetian technique, Skyriver went to work on the Wiliam Morris team for seven years, learning to create sculptural glass.  Raised on an island, his depictions of marine life honor the sea life that surrounded him during his childhood. A touching tribute to a childhood well spent.

Beachmaster

Beachmaster

Stellar

Stellar

Spring Run

Spring Run

Raven Skyriver at work

Skyriver at work

These images of Skyriver at work give you a sense of scale of his work. Hot stuff.

Raven Skyriver’s website

 

micah evans: glass sculpture storytelling

When he created the sculpture Braeburn (pictured below), glass artist Micah Evans drew upon inspiration from an apple tree in the back yard of the house he grew up in.

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Braeburn

It reminded me of the apple tree that stood in the backyard of my childhood home, across the country from Evans. The sculpture doesn’t look like the scraggly apple tree that offered us little green apples, but parts of the story Micah tells about the sculpture resonated with me.

Art has the power to stir emotions – sometimes narrative from the artist helps.

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Braeburn, detail

“This is the apple tree in the back yard of the house I grew up in. I was raised in a small farming town in Washington state surrounded by apple orchards. Small town communities are often close knit, conservative and simple. They are also dark, mysterious and inclusive. The security and shelter felt by those that live in these towns are often fractured and ugly at their core held together by fear and belief in God. I can’t decide why exactly I left, but I am glad I did.” 

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Singer

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Singer, detail

No narrative was needed to stir sweet emotions when I saw Singer (pictured above). I was immediately reminded of my mother at work on her Singer sewing machine, head bent toward the small light above the needle as she made clothes for her children.

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Buttress

Evans, currently an Artist in Residence at Penland School of Crafts, describes his work as being divided into two categories: Things he loves to make and things he HAS to make. He explains that the material drives the work he loves to make, because “I love to work with the material, therefore whatever I am making brings with it a genuine feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.”

And the work he MUST make? Many of you will relate easily to Evans’ explanation:

The work I can’t help but make are the ideas that won’t let me sleep, the ideas that have me drifting off in conversations to my own world of redesigning and problem solving.  It’s the repeated execution of the simple shape that seems to inhabit every page of my sketchbook at the time.  It’s exploring ideas over technique, and the struggles that come with that process. These two worlds often interact and I bounce back and forth constantly.

Micah Evans’ website

See more of Evans’ work on his Penland School of Crafts page


 

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