Technique:Casting, Kiln work
Discipline:Decorative, Jewellery, Sculptural
Product:Commission, Design/ Functional/ interiors, Sculptural, Sculpture
Inspired by nature, and the natural world, I create kiln-fired one-off art glass sculptures. Which are designed to be texture-based organically-shaped free-standing panels or sculptures. I chose clay as my host canvas during the initial phase due to it’s tactility, allowing me to fluidly build the texture out or carve it in to generate pattern and perspective in the design. Each sculpture is a complete one-off due to the very nature of the making process; the glass melts differently every time and as the design is created initially in clay, natural variations occur during my layering up of textures… ensuring each piece will never be exactly the same, and this texture and relief allows me to harness the interaction of light on and in the glass, creating continuous changes and movement within the piece as time and light levels change over the course of the day. The main challenge I enjoy is to make the image work in the thinnest layer of glass I can – harnessing the varied inherent qualities that glass has to offer as a medium. I enjoy the fact that every stage of the process moves me visually one step closer to the final transparent piece, changing from grey clay to white plaster to transparent glass, as well as seeing the designed surface transform from positive to negative to positive again. I enjoy every phase: Seeing the sculptures slowly move from my imagination to reality, yet not knowing until that final reveal if it will reflect the inspiration that brought it into being.
Stormy seas , Gail Turbutt
Short-snouted Seahorse , G Turbutt