I collect unusual bits
and pieces of old metal. I then create
wooden templates that fit inside each particular shape
These are used as templates - pushed into the sand, creating the void
into which hot glass is poured.
Coloured glass powders are laid onto the sand.
Next comes the molten glass gently poured into the sand shapes.
The specific shapes of
the metal pieces I collect lend themselves to a particular feeling
or style. Take for instance the Ned Kelly series of stove pipes, where
the cut out in the metal cried out for a piece of glass – and
I instantly thought of the Ned Kelly mask.
Just as found portholes have cried out for underwater representations,
I let the metal determine the direction of the glass that I choose
to insert within the waiting void.