White Hot Series
The pieces for this show are a continued exploration into the alchemical aspects of the glass casting practice. I see these pieces more like artifacts of a process to be examined then as sculptures representative of a ideal state. The White Hot title of the show is more referring to the process of how the glass becomes opaque rather then the final product. The glass is melted into the molds then cooled to a specific temperature then raise again to the melting point as which time the glass begins to grow molecular lead phosphate crystal which turn the glass from a clear color to the the unusual white opaline appearance.The opaline glass has a luminous quality that is much like the stone but can also take on marble like qualities as well depending on the firing process. Opaline glass was originally developed at French glass works in the mid 1800's and became utilized in many objects produced during the of the European Nouveau decorative arts movement.