Blown Glass with Ceramic Glazes:
During the blowing process, dried ceramic glazes are poured into the hot glass vessel.
As they are heated, they start to fuse, melt, and crystallize. The work is an invented geology determined by the thermal reactivity.
Fume Blown Worlds:
(Black or clear orb formations found inside of vessels or as part of installations)
Molten glass is layered on top of ceramic salts.
The heat from the glass causes the trapped chemicals to fume and a gas. The expanding gas provides enough pressure to blow a bubble. The resulting form is a spherical object with rocky debris inside.
The interior wall of an enclosed piece becomes fumed with carbon, creating a smoky metallic surface.
Open forms allow the carbon to escape and leave a sparkling residue on the inner shell.
Glory Hole Floors and
During the blowing process, chemicals are funneled into a hot glass vessel. Spinning and dripping materials encrust the artwork. Excess matter will spill onto the glory hole floor. The sand foundation absorbs these geological remains and they become thermally bonded. The fused sand ground is harvested and used as a nest for the vessels.
Finished works are united with the environment from which they were born.
Ceramic Calcite Formations:
Calcite Formations are grown onto a ceramic skeletal form during the kiln firing.
As the glazes bubble and flow, the heat is controlled to maximize the amount of deposits.
Finished works are harvested from the kiln and retain the floor bricks upon which they grew.
The works capture the movement of the glaze, the melting process, and cave floor formation.