I love creating sculpture pieces from fused glass. The dilemma to this is always the final presentation...The Stand! For Canadian artists, it really is a huge problem. The US has a number of reasonable priced makers of metal stands, but the shipping to Canada is horrendous. While searching endlessly on the internet I came across some that were used in museums, again...frightful shipping, so I went to Silver Fern Stainless in Victoria, BC with the idea. I have used them before to make stainless casting molds, but they work in aluminum too. So we talked, they quoted and to keep costs down - I went with 4 of each proto-type, one a T - Stand as shown here, the other a Spider. I haven't used the Spider yet, so that's another Blog...
The beauty of the stands is that they are completely customizable to fit your glass. The rods are easy to move, you choose the length the snip and sand. The aluminum is easy to polish (use Vim) then seal with a clear varathane spray, or aluminum sealer. You can then leave the stand silver or spray paint whatever colour you desire.
The mask, Kale Moja, is available through the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria gift shop. $600
Many months ago I received a commission for a "red bowl" like the one on my website. The red bowl- Fire Guardians was a frit fuse, sandblast style piece. First you fuse a layer of black frit over the chosen colour of glass. Then a layer of resist is applied and the design elements hand cut. Next comes sandblasting away the black frit on the exposed areas and then a few more firings. When I completed the first two stages I was headed to GlassSmith to do the sandblasting when I learned they took their booth out! Yikes. They pointed me to Blast It! on Turner St. in Victoria. The booths were fabulous! You choose the medium that you want to sandblast with and the settings. They are very helpful. This machine was far more powerful than the one I had used before, so lessons learned...use Buttercut resist. I had used the cheaper stuff (like MacTac) and it blew off. Arggh, so the design had to be cut twice and typical me, I thought might as well do 2 - one in orange and one in red - with 2 designs.
The photo collage below shows a bit of the process and the end result after a total of 5 firings! Lessons learned - use Buttercut, low setting on the sandblaster - start at 30 psi. It's a longer process at the lower psi, but it is very easy to blow through the glass if it's only 3 mm thick!
As it turns out, my client chose the orange plate - The Chase, so the red bowl - Anasazi Hunters is available. $500
I've always found that there is something elegant about sushi. It is an artform in it's own right. Each roll is like a Murrini cane, waiting to be sliced and presented. The Rice Cube has made making sushi easy for anyone, and with the new square form of sushi, comes a new presentation style called Mosaic. Truly little culinary works of art! So much of Japanese cuisine is in the art of presentation and call me biased, but I think glass is your best serving base. And why not make it original glass, made by me...even better. :)
So, here are a few sushi creations on my glass creations.
I'll update with more photos very soon. I feel an urge for sushi coming on!