Jury - 2022 CHESTER COUNTY STUDIO TOUR

Glass

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My glasswork is comprised of sculptural vessels, flacons, goblets and other decorative objects inspired by antiquity and created with a contemporary twist.

Imbued in each object or assemblage, is a reference to historical artifact, a sense of preciousness and the intangibility, yet familiarity that is associated with collaged memory. Often featured in my vocabulary are shapes derived from nature and the human form, including the hand motif as it represents a ubiquitous cross-cultural human tool of expression, through its symbolic gestures of friendship, generosity, holding, letting go, etc.

With technical inspiration taken from a 19th C French glass-casting technique known as pate de verre, my glass pieces are created in a kiln by fusing sugary particles of lead crystal. Initially, the individual elements are hand-carved in wax or cast directly from botanicals. They are transposed into glass using the lost-wax casting process, then ground, polished and combined with other glass or material components.

I view aspects of my glasswork as a type of permanent baking. As with the making of certain confections, the process of kiln-casting yields results that are translucent and often candy-like. Objects that are made from fused glass particles allow light to define form and often appear to glow from within.

My work is sold through my new webstore: PatedeVerity.com.

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