Crushed-glass layers create warm and wonderful gradations of color. At almost three feet wide, this spectacular “boat” design is accented with copper-wire wrap inclusion and metal stand. Practically breath-taking, this striking piece certainly creates an “Ahhhh!” factor in any setting.
Patty Roberts works with the glass kiln casting technique of Pâte de Verre. Literally translated from French, it means “paste of glass”. Popularized in France in the 19th century, this process includes creating a model, making a mold, placing thin layers of a crushed glass paste within the mold, and then firing the piece in a kiln. Patty works primarily with open-faced molds creating dimension with color placement and sculptural effects of metal inclusion. She uses copper which oxidizes beautifully after going through the kiln, an addition that creates both aged and contemporary appeal. Patty lives in Marysville, WA, just north of Seattle, and works with her husband, Larry, a full-time metal sculptor.
Kiln Cast Glass / Copper
11”H x 27”W x 7”D
Delicate kiwi-like patterning, a graceful bow shape, pressed fluting at the top edge, and 27” width give this stunning piece a commanding presence in any space. Cross-sections of copper tubing further accent the fluting with a hint of aging in the coloration above each piece. Sculptural glass vessel includes display stand.
Sam McDowell’s woodturning career started in 1994 in Statesville, NC, when he made a set of chalices for his Episcopal Church. He’s been turning for 22 years, doing local shows during the summer and fall. His shapes meet the highest rule in woodturning: “Display the Wood”. Cherry Burls (from NC’s plentiful wild cherry trees) are Sam’s favorite to work with, their natural randomness and voids create intricate patterns of interest. An avid Scout, Sam became a Tenderfoot at age 11, an Eagle Scout at 15.