Heart of Thorns is the first abstract wall sculpture using the Wedi board as a structural component. One of the other nuances to this piece is my novel use of acrylic paints. In this case you see them on top of the copper plating on the front metal piece. Not quite the first piece to use that technique but it was the first piece where I used that technique intentionally.
The fused glass in the center is another interesting accident. I was trying to embed a ring of dichroic glass bits in between two layers of clear glass. When the glass in a full fuse firing starts to heat up, as few things happen. The first thing is that the glass slumps over any obstacles that prevent it from flowing to a level state (it’s essentially a highly viscous liquid). The top layer of glass draped itself over the smaller bits and sealed in an air pocket. It bubbled up like the Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings!
This is what us artists call a “happy accident.” Now I do it on purpose, just like the paint trick I mentioned above.
Category: Abstract Wall Sculpture
Title: “Heart of Thorns”
Materials: Wedi board, fused/kiln formed glass, lava paste, steel, copper plating, acrylic paint
Size: 14″ x 9″ x 4″ (H x W x D)