Glass Journeys - Reflections & Expressions of Nature Through Glass
Doroni is a self-taught glass artist living on Vancouver Island. Coming from an urban environment in Montreal, she became totally captivated by the rich, lush island landscape of the west coast.
Translating the vibrancy of the natural world into glass art has become a passion for her with inspiration coming from the movements and energy reflected in the forests, ocean waves and foliage around us.
“Glass is a perfect medium for this - it is translucent, opalescent, flowing and fragile…like nature itself. A glimpse of a plant, tree or water moving in the breeze and caught in the sunlight, creates a vision that stays with me and I begin to imagine how I can capture that moment in glass.”
Doroni has worked in several mediums over the years including acrylics, watercolour, ink and sculpture. Many of her sculptures, paintings and glass are in private collections.
The creation of fused and cast glass involves the merging of artistry, chemistry and physics. Fused glass pieces can range from simple to complex. In the process, sheets of glass are cut, layered and fused in a hot kiln up to 1700 degrees F. More complex layering of powders, metals, and other glass elements are added to achieve the final piece and to enhance the design.
Each layer undergoes a specific firing schedule that allows the glass to melt or fuse together and then slowly cool. The firing processes can take 12 to 20 hours or more depending on the thickness and complexity of the glass. The glass is fused again (and often a third time) in the kiln to achieve a textured effect. Another fusing follows to give the glass its final form or shape. In this stage, the glass molds itself around pre-made clay shapes very slowly.
The entire process for a single completed piece will take many days of firing until it is ready. In the last phase, the glass is cold worked to grind, smooth, file and finish it before it is ready for display.