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susan longini’s kilnformed glass sculpture

Pate de verre – or “paste of glass” – is a technique that uses glass frit and powder formed by hand, placed in a mold, then fired in a kiln.

Glass artist Susan Longini creates one-of-a-kind wall quilts, sculpture installations and vases using this technique – her mastery of color is impressive.

Four Seasons Quilt, 39″ x 39″ x 2″, pate de verre

Fall, detail from Four Seasons Quilt

Crosshatch Amphora Grande Pair: Green/Cobalt
34 x 19″ x 8″ each, pate de verre, cast base

I read somewhere that Longini has said she is “afraid of shiny” and this process allows her to keep the surface completely matte. The end result is reminiscent of sugar, maybe even marzipan. However you choose to describe her work, I’m betting that the word delicious comes up.

I use glass for its seemingly conflicting  qualities: Transparency/opacity; Strength/fragility; Solidity/fluidity. These for me symbolize the universal state of being. Susan Longini

Falling Leaves: Green, 65″ x 65″ x 4″, pate de verre

Falling Leaves: Green, detail

From Susan Longini’s Website:

Pate de verre, literally “paste of glass”, is an ancient glass-forming technique, first documented in artifacts from Phoenicia and Egypt around 1500 B.C.E. Small glass granules, or frits, and powders are mixed with binders such as gum arabic, pressed into the desired shape, and fired in a kiln to fuse the granules together. Using the properties of glass as a liquid, the pate de verre is heated anywhere from 1270° F to 1600°F. The lower temperature retains the granular qualities, while the higher temperature gives a smooth, “glassy” appearance.

 

randy walker glass: practice makes perfect

Randy Walker shows us what happens when you practice your craftsmanship for years in a supporting role before launching out on your own…and it is magical.

 

Walker, who has been an integral part of the William Morris blowing team for almost two decades, also puts his degree in Wildlife Ecology to good use in this body of blown and sculpted glass driftwood, birch, brambles, pods and foliage. Look at the detail shots to truly appreciate the craftsmanship – and don’t the birch vessels seem like grouped figures deep in conversation?

From his website:

 

“The work is born from a deep seated reverence for the forest’s grandeur and tenacious vitality. Life’s seasons and cycles are played out with timeless patience. It’s one place where the beauty of change, both death and birth, is celebrated equally. To capture the essence of the forest’s weathered branches, intricate bark patterns and autumn leaves, Randy skillfully matches molten glass’s animated movement and endless array of colors with the same essential qualities found in nature.”

 

“I gather inspiration from molten glass’s animated movement, evocative colors and intricate surfaces equal to the inspiration I harvest from the same essential qualities found in nature.” Randy Walker

 

josé chardiet

Considered one of the leaders in the second generation of the Studio Glass movement, Cuban born José Chardiet has been a successful glass artist and teacher for more than two decades.

[nonmember]This archived post is for Members Only. Click here to become a member or to get a one day pass. If you are a member, please login to view the post. [/nonmember] [private_archives]His expertly crafted work includes vases embedded with copper wire designs and the complex combination of glass and metal sculptures seen here.  Each body of work distinctly different and yet all Chardiet. His interpretation of the family unit, as seen in the Still Life series is refreshing.

Blue Purple Dome Teapot, front and back

Earth, copper wire, glass

Red Labyrinth, front and back

Silver Teapot

Orange Gold Labyrinth

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