CASTING GLASS

 

Traditionally, casting glass in a kiln can be broken down into five main stages of work:

 

  • making the model
  • taking a rubber mould
  • casting a wax
  • making an investment mould
  • casting the glass

 

Shift Work - a piece of work made for the Black Country Echoes Festival here in Stourbridge - illustrates these processes.

 

Unusually, Shift Work uses elements from all stages of the casting process to create the final piece.  What goes unnoticed, is that it is not just the final cast glass which is beautiful:  each stage of the process produces objects which are fascinating and beautiful in their own right.  Sadly they are very often they are sacrificed in completing the next stage.

 

For Shift Work, they were remade so the public could see both the process of casting - and the beauty that is usually lost along the way.

 

GE

 

© Georgia Redpath 2016