A Glass Journey
Expressions of Nature In Glass
I am a self-taught glass artist living on Vancouver Island. Coming from an urban environment in Montreal, I 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 me with inspiration coming from the movements and energy reflected in the forests, ocean waves and foliage around us.
Glass is such 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.
Over the years, I have worked in several mediums including acrylics, watercolour, ink and sculpture and many of my sculptures, paintings and glass are now 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, powders and elements of glass are cut, layered and fused in a hot kiln up to 1700 degrees F. Complex layering of powders, metals, and other glass elements are often added to enhance the final design.
Each art piece may be fired multiple times before it is complete. An initial firing allows the glass to melt or fuse together and then slowly cool. This initial firing process can take 12 to 20 hours or more depending on the thickness and complexity of the glass.
A second firing follows (and often a third ) to achieve a textured effect. Another firing follows to mold the glass into a final shape.
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.