"Fire Dancer" - Fused Glass Hanging Sculpture

I have always loved the Greek mythology of Icarus... here is my interpretation of the disastrous results of venturing too close to the sun.

I selected a medium brown cathedral glass for the lower portion of the body, and black for the upper part.... these choices were very conscious, and made for the following design reasons:

- I wanted the most "visual impact" to be at the point of ignition.. where Icarus made contact with the fiery orb and sealed his fate. By choosing a lighter hue for the upper portion, the eye of the viewer is readily drawn downward.

- The black opaque glass of the upper body represents the charred damage resulting from the flames. The scorched portion is further underscored via the "ash" - which is silver foil that has been fired to the surface of the glass in an additional firing - a patina has been applied to yield the variegated colors.

- Probably most dramatic are the "flames" shooting from wing pointing skyward. To the fused glass base of reds and oranges I have added soldered opaque glass elements to create an "explosion" of both color and dimension.

This would look equally spectacular mounted in a well-designed metal stand....

I really enjoyed the challenge of creating this piece and I will surely re-visit this character in future work.

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