A FEW YEARS PROGRESS

Some photographs representing some twenty five plus years  progress as a self taught glass engraver.

Initially I worked in clear glass, mostly drill engraving and sometimes larger with a sandblaster.

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Persuaded to buy glass from a blower I worked in flashed glass. A thin veneer of colour is over a thicker clear glass. Drill engraving through the thin layer, using shading by ever lighter carving.

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As I progressed I was encouraged to research and practice the ancient and spectacular art of cameo glass. Expensive and time consuming, but I was at last becoming accepted, in a small way, into the glass art community. For a short time.

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Working with glass blowers can be frustrating, and an unreliable partnership. When I couldn’t get blown cameo blanks I thought I would try and fuse my own. 2002.

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A new blowing team became available, and we experimented with the old Swedish technique of “Graal.”

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With a couple of years at art school to learn some painting and sculpture.

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Experimenting again, more in line with a conceptual theme of “Fragile Masculinity” I made clay molds to fuse shattered safety glass, and mount the pieces on wood of stone carving.

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And now, I have gone back to my roots. Clear glass, some of which may be mounted in wood or other mounts.

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