Glass

For years I’ve had ideas about how photography and glass might work together to create unique images and objects, hybrids that carve out new artistic ground. My recent work is a direct result of that effort. The puzzles represent my first, post-test, iterations that combine kiln cast glass with fused enamel imagery (decals). Each puzzle piece is individually cast, fused with a decal, cold-worked, and is designed to be interchangeable with pieces from other puzzles, thereby allowing the meaning of the artwork to shift with the addition of or subtraction of new content. Pull a puzzle piece and add a new one, and the narrative or context can begin to change. (The pieces are held in place with magnets).

In addition to the puzzles I have also begun to create all cast glass camera obscuras, cameras that actually project images on the ground glass on the interior of the camera. Because light travels in straight lines the image travels through the lens and  is inverted. From the front the piece exists as a sculpture, from the back it functions like a camera obscura.

PUZZLES

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“The Girl in the Golden Gown”  2019,  two panel installation: kiln cast glass on steel plate (20″H x 26″W x 1″D) and (20″H x 16″W x 3/4″ D)

 

Courtney Complete Charach install

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Courtney half dress 1500

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Family Panel

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“The Man of Many Lips”  2019, kiln cast glass on steel plate  (20″H x 16″W x 3/4″D)

Man of Many Lips 1

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“One Becoming Two”   Kiln cast glass on steel plate  (22″H x 28″W x 3/4″D)

One Becoming Two

cast glass with fused enamel images (57 individual pieces)  2018

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detail (the white edges reveal the opaque glass underneath the fused enamel images)Detail One Becoming Two

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“Islands for the Colorblind”

Islands for the Colorblind

kiln cast glass with fused enamel image (10″H x 8″W x 1″D)  2018

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“The Thinking Man’s Son”

The Thinking Man's Son

kiln cast glass with steel base and rubber washers (13″H x 10″W x 10″D)   2017

The Thinking Man's Son

side view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CAMERA OBSCURAS

“The Camera Man”  2019, kiln cast glass w/ lens and ground glass, on a steel base 20″H x 12″W

Camera Man 2

Camera Obscura 1Camera Obscura sideview

For thirty-five years I’ve been building cameras and optical devices and teaching workshops and classes in the same subject. The following wax  prototypes illustrate, what the camera will see. 

 

Wordpress Head

Camera side view with projected image

Camera view from the back

simulation of inverted image

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GLASS JEWELRY

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Included in my research of kiln cast glass I’ve created a series of wearable glass jewelry that incorporates either fused dichroic surfaces or hand painted oils.

Van Gogh's Ear #1

kiln cast glass with fused dichroic surface (ear + tooth 4.5 ” H x 1.5″W)   2018

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WP teeth necklace

 

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hand painted kiln cast glass 2017

WP Cigs w stand

……WP Cigarette close up

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hand painted kiln cast glass popcorn

WP Popcorn

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