I am now approaching the end of my degree and the modules this year are leading to my final degree show and New Designers. The first module was focussed on experimental work and I wanted to examine the nature of glass and how it reacts with light. I used float glass and applied textures and images to sheets of glass and combined them to create 3D images. I also looked at cast glass and used spheres as a format to compare the different techniques.
Technical and visual appraisal
1/ Float glass. Deep cut sandblasted, fire polished
This was a very disappointing result as the fire polishing resulted in a cloudy finish, although the sandblasted recesses were polished. The edges were dull so the image could not be seen.
2/ Float glass. Sandblasted rings
Quite a good result but a bit subtle. The edges show the rings quite well.
3/ Float glass. Enamelled “coronas”
The opacity of the enamels resulted in the top pane obscuring all the panes below. Even when they have been presented back to front, the enamels have come out a bit weak and insipid. The edges are quite interesting though, but very subtle.
4/ Float glass. Sandblasted circles, dusted with enamel powder, enamel detail stippled
This is the most successful piece. The addition of colour has highlighted the effect especially from the edges. Ideally the enamels could be more transparent to show the stipple detail better.
5/ Float glass. Sandblasted circles
This is a pretty good result, more apparent than the rings, and the edges are very strong.
6/ Float glass. Circular cut negative semi circles
This is quite interesting particularly from the edges. combining it with a semi sphere of polished glasma seems to draw the light to it.
7/ Glasma, reed glass. Sand cast and hand polished
On its own it has little going for it, but combined with contrasting reed glass, it magnifies and distorts it. Seems to work well with stacked float glass.
8/ Glasma, red/clear flashed glass. Sand cast with texture
The unworked texture from the sand casting is good and the flashed glass underneath highlights this quality.
9/ Float glass. Circular cut with grozed edges
The light catches the grozed edged well, and from the top a mirroring effect works quite well.
10/ Float glass. Circular cut with polished edges
This highlights the mirroring effect otherwise it’s unremarkable. As with the other piece the calculation of the curve of the semi circle is pleasing.
11/ Glasma frit, Float glass. Open cast, UV glue with float glass inclusion
This has a lot of potential despite the UV glue being visible, and the shape will need more cold working. The combination with float glass works quite well, and could potentially becombined with other types of glass and coloured epoxy resin.