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Apartment Building Aglow was created during the initial outbreak of Covid-19 in New York City. I’ve never been to New York, but I thought about the images of large apartment buildings and all of the windows. Of the age and deterioration of these buildings, many with rather small apartments. And the possibility, that maybe they had some greenery nearby, perhaps even in front of the building, where the sun, shining on the windows, would share a warm hug, creating a magical glow in a city that to an outsider, seems so cold.
Pâte de verre work is created using clay to create a model. The clay is covered in in plaster, and once cured, the clay is removed. I then use colored powdered glass to create the exterior surface of the vessel, and after several layers of powdered glass have been sifted, I pack in three layers of glass paste. The work is set aside to dry overnight, and fired in the kiln. After removing the plaster, I wash the pieces and hand polish using diamond pads and finish with a coating of microcrystalline wax to seal the exterior surface.
FINISHED SIZE: 4.25 x 4 x 3.5 inches
See last image for size in relation to a soda can.
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