Day 6 Rona International Glass Symposium, Slovakia - Final day of the symposium; all ready for the grand opening! Beautiful sunny day for a fantastic range of glass created at this really inspiring conference. What an amazing experience to have unlimited access to a glass factory. I have certainly learned a lot about what can happen when you work with a big team of talented craftsmen - many thanks to all of the workers and the symposium organisers.
Day 5 Rona International Glass Symposium, Slovakia - Final day of finishing at the factory, difficult decisions selecting which work to put into the exhibition and which pieces to send home. Busy day setting up at the Rona Glass Kastiel, really pleased with the results. The pieces in the fountain are white to represent how glass has the ability to imitate other materials. In this case it is imitating Chinese porcelain and is a contemporary form of milk glass. Three of the pieces have hand painted Chinese porcelain decoration on the surface working around a distorted silhouette which has in and out depressions. The two central pieces are linked with an organic cane of glass which fits into two holes made in the side of the work. One piece remains clear whilst one transitions into a faded out white enamel. In all of the work a smaller replica piece can be seen sitting within each piece; imitating the exterior form. The pieces displayed on sheet glass are completely clear and are filled with small polished glass semi circles and a single smaller replica of the exterior form. The refractive qualities of the piece are very simple and reflect the outside view within the piece.
Day 4 Rona International Glass Symposium, Slovakia - Cold finishing the results from 2 days in the Rona hot shop! Lots of cracking off, diamond sawing, flat bed grinding and polishing by a fantastic team of cold workers. Then upstairs for UV gluing and spray enamel. Got to work with some very talented ladies in the hand painting area; who recreated Chinese porcelain patterns by hand in platinium. Looking forward to seeing the results when they are out of the kiln tomorrow afternoon.
Day 3 Rona International Glass Symposium, Slovakia - Working on the solid turned tops with the stemware glassblowers. And a piece for the group project, the blower used a torch to create areas of heat which were either blown out into bubbles or sucked in to make round pockets. Interesting to follow the process through, right to the pieces being put away in the huge lehr to the lady who scratches the glass with a diamond and uses a hot flame to crack off the tops.
Day 2 Rona International Glass Symposium, Slovakia - burning out wooden turn moulds ready to blow white milk glass forms, inspired by Chinese porcelain. Large scale mould blown glass; using the torch to create round blown out areas to get a more studio, asymmetric feel to a mould blown form. The blown out areas are like bubbles or pockets could be incorporated into the decoration. May also look like areas of mutation or a distorted silhouette to a classical form.
Day 1 - First day of the Rona International Glass Symposium in the North of Slovakia. Official opening, consultation with production staff and a factory tour. Lots to think about and plans to be made for first day of production which starts at 6am!
Start of week in Slovakia -Sightseeing in Bratislava the day before the symposium starts up North. Much needed time to think…