7 Reasons I Love My New Glass Sculptures

Glass is a material that can be used in creative projects, but it comes with risks. It’s expensive and physically straining to work with glass as an artist or designer since there are so many ways one could fail while working on their project. Despite the risk of failure though, artists have been using this medium for centuries because they see all of its potentials when creating art pieces from chandeliers hanging from the ceiling to dynamic installations resembling liquid without any limitations. 

Here are 7 things artists say why they love their new glass sculptures:

1. They make you feel like a true artist.

They are so beautiful and delicate, you can’t stop touching them! One of the reasons why I love my new sculptures is because they make me feel like a true artist. The first time I saw one of my pieces in person, it was as if all the hard work finally paid off. When you create something from nothing, it’s an amazing feeling that really gives you some perspective on life. 

2. Glass art has its reflections, transparency, and fragility. 

Glass is a versatile material, and there are many phenomena we can use to make something. Some of these include reflections, transparency, fragility (and strength), etc.

When an artist looks at a piece of glass, they see it as more than just something to store and protect their belongings. To them the glass is alive with potential; like acts that can connect times long past or far into the future. “Glassworking has remained relatively unchanged for centuries, if not millennia,” says one such artisan. “[It] can exist in geologic time.”

3. When glass is just technical, you only focus on the craft and not art. 

When I create with glass, it’s about getting rid of all distractions to be connected as an artist. It takes hard work; however, there are times when things can interfere with that connection between me and my potential piece of artwork (i.e., losing sight of what’s important). So now I turn my back on following rules because they’re meant for craftsmen rather than artists like myself who don’t want their creativity compromised by having too much structure or restrictions.

4. Gathering glass is like good glue. 

It’s the best of all glues in my opinion! Thinking about this opens up new possibilities for me and when I can make stuff that would be hard to do with any other material, then it makes sense what kind of potential there really is within the glass. To me, dealing with glass feels like being part of an epic adventure – one where you have everything going for you because this speedy sculptural material will help get your point across without too much effort on your end (at least not as much).

5. Glass material is malleable and you can experiment all you want.

I have a background in glass, but my knowledge is quite limited. I am able to create experimental yet informed works with this material because of its potential for yielding unimaginable results if approached through observation and discovery.

Glass is a phenomenological material with many metaphorical qualities. It transforms from one state to the next in a vicious primordial ooze, and its scientific state can be considered either supercooled liquid or an amorphous solid. This transmutational nature makes me think of glass as genderless or malleable; this aspect informs my work’s narrative and isn’t present in most other materials.

6. Glass art is very interesting because it can be sharp or it can reflect things.

Glass is a fluid form that has much going for it. It can be frozen in motion or captured inside of bubbles, where you watch the organic matter incinerate itself. Glass breaks in interesting ways and turns from what seems like a docile object into sharp weapons with its reflection through mirroring capabilities as well as glowing under UV light because of inert Uranium added to it.

7. None have the achievability, transparency, weight, optics, magnification, and clarity or can be manipulated using the wide range of ways that glass can (casting fusing blowing cutting polishing flameworking stained glasses, etc.).

It’s not one specific thing, but other materials that are glass-like—e.g., plastic/resin, wax, cellophane, quartz ice water can only replicate certain qualities of glass. They also don’t have a history like glass does and few are at the bleeding edge technology like Glass is!

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