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Glass Talk

a completely new way to look at glass 

While working with glass as a ceramic artist, I observed that art glass fits into two traditional categories. The determining factor is the way each type of glass plays with light. Generally, both types of traditional glass art are 3-dimensional and created to be displayed on horizontal surfaces.

#1 
Traditional
Chihuly-type Glass
Light shines through transparent glass.
#2 
Traditional
Ceramic-type Glass
Light reflects off an opaque surface.

I had a vision to create 3-dimensional art glass pieces to be displayed vertically on walls -- BIG contemporary pieces with maximum visual impact. I knew my artwork would have to be in the ceramic-type category because walls are inevitably opaque and light would have to reflect off the surface. I also knew that ceramic methodology would be problematic in creating my vision due to the limiting size of kilns. After three years of experimentation, glass experts weighing-in that my plan was physically impossible, and mounds of broken glass, I developed a third, non-traditional glass art type.

 

#3 
Non-traditional
Alexander Glass
Light reflects off a large, flat opaque surface.
SUCCESS!

Photo by Deborah Owens

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