"Walk On The Wild Side" - Fused Glass Sculpture

My penchant for movement inspired me to make this piece.. action going in all directions - up, forward, in & out via figure/ground reversal.... combine all of this activity with ORGANIC line and you have the basis for a "visual party"!

Two identical layers of brown cathedral glass were cut and fused together at 1500 degrees to form a single base piece of glass 1/4" thick. Opaque glass in black, red, marigold and blue were carefully cut and painstakingly positioned on the surface; the glass was then returned to the kiln for a second firing, to permanently attached the surface treatment to the base glass. Carefully controlling the firing allowed me to leave dimension on the surface, without distorting the form of the base.

I made "tabs" at the bottom of the glass piece (not visible here) so that the glass is detachable from the base... it simply sits into the grooves in the granite. I did this for shipping purposes; once at its "home", I recommend that some type of adhesive (temporary or permanent) affix the glass to the granite base so that the glass stands completely vertically.

Supporting the granite are machined steel cylinders that I produced on a CNC lathe while attending machining classes. Wanting to contrast the granite with the shiny surface of the glass, I finished it lightly with a surface "enhancer" to yield a more "matte" look.

Available for purchase now.

Dimensions: Glass - 22"h x 16.5"w x .375"d
Granite base w/steel legs - 2.5"h x 17.5"w x 4"d

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