Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Nina "Sam" Hibler with Dream Fire Glass does a wonderful job of taking her inspiration and translating it directly into her work. I love to watch her work through a concept from beginning to end. It's not uncommon for to see her one day with a book or a swatch of fabric and then over the following weeks working to develop a concept which translates that original inspiration into her work. I watched her do that with the Fiesta necklace and again as she worked on a series of tide pool beads, like the Jelly Fish below. Each sea creature and plant life was researched before hand. This effort shows in the detail, color selection and perceived movement of the currents in each bead. Someday when I grow up I want to be just like Sam, only a fuser.
A fitting closure to this weekend’s theme came Sunday night when I joined a visiting artist, one of the Wire Designs Studio partners and Sam for dinner. During our conversation it was mentioned that if you are spontaneous you shouldn't force yourself to plan it may stifle you and if you are a planner you shouldn't necessarily try to be spontaneous it may come across forced. Do what works for you. Be who you are. I found this thought a very poignant and comforting end to the weekend’s discussions on inspiration and execution.
How do you work? Are you a planner, do you go where the wind takes you, or something entirely different?
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
This piece was an experiment from beginning to end. Starting with recycled glass from shattered wine bottles I cast the material in six inch rounds. One of those bottles was from a German Riesling. It had a lovely color which reminded me of the night sky. To this piece I added three stars. When the piece came out of the kiln I did some primary cold work and set it aside.
Months later I picked it back up, although still unsure what I wanted the end result to be I knew it should be rough. It called for texture, so I gave it some carving up the edges and adding raised shards of the glass to the surface.
At the same time I began searching, wondering and researching the original wine bottle. I found the contents it once held came from the German wine region along the Mosel River, a winding river known for its sharp banks lined by vineyards. I began to write the story of a late night walk along these banks on a clear sheet of glass. The text and the hand it was written in were crude, appropriately mirroring the rough starry night I would soon mount covering much of the text in the process. On top of this sheet of glass I loosely dripped etching cream to spell out the word Stars. With this the first layer was complete.
Behind this sheet of glass came a silver ribbon winding it’s way diagonally from top to bottom. The Mosel River had made its’ presence. Then a sheet of wire mesh, the vines, followed by a second pain of glass with text made almost invisible by the things in front. Finally a sheet of paper filled with stars. The piece was constructed, torn down and rebuilt several times before this multi media presentation of glass, fiber, metal and paper was finally framed.
Satisfied with the experience this experiment afforded, I look forward to continuing to develop the ideas which it generated.