My Distant Landscapes photography series actually comes from search failures for new glass designs to incorporate into other works. First, a bit on kilnformed glass technique.
Named from its primary fabrication tool, glass kilns are pricey stainless steel foundry-brick lined boxes heating up to about 1700 degrees F or so. It is remarkably well insulated as furnaces go; my kitchen stove actually throws more heat into a room.
A built in programmable processor controls this wicked heat, choreographing the temperatures, their rise, duration and descent rate. Unlike blown glass, which is handled mostly out in the open for all to see, kiln work is hidden from start to finish.
A common technique augments works with slices from cast pattern bars; glass pieces melted into a single block then sliced on a diamond saw (did I mention the expensive tools?). Casting yields minimal internal form and color placement control. Luckily, a fascinating beauty can sometimes emerge, if you look in the right place.
Castings I thought would have a defined form emerged an uninteresting smear, with little or no discernable details, colors muddied from the intense heat and unsuitable for incorporation into other works. Even some internal patterns revealed by the saw were diffuse with minimal detail visible to the naked eye.
However, examining these slices under a loupe, I saw a cosmos of new architecture that I knew I could capture photographically. The final images you see throughout the gallery are the result of hand polishing and careful macro photography. Some pieces are no larger than a postage stamp, but packed with gorgeous details.
I am excited about testing new castings techniques and look forward to making more creations in the near future. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these distant landscapes and stay tuned for announcements about new additions.