Arts & Crafts and Frank Lloyd Wright
The design sensibilities of the Arts & Crafts movement and of Frank Lloyd Wright fit well with many a home.
No wonder- their work is based on sound and pleasing design principles.
These pieces owe a debt to those styles; I try to bring something fresh.
Pools of rippling water and reflections became a popular theme.
Any view into the bathroom needed to be obscured- and heavily textured glass was used. The Portland apartment wanted a lighter touch- distort the view a bit but don’t eliminate it- so some lighter textures were used.
As my fellow glass workers will recognize, the source for this style is the amazing Narcissus Quagliata.
There have been some wonderful textures in glass made in the last few decades by Uroboros Glass and Spectrum Glass, whose operations sadly shut down in the 20-teen’s.
Bullseye Glass continues its own fine line in Portland, Oregon, and we await the new production of Uroboros and Spectrum glasses from the new owner Oceanside Glasstile.
If not for those fine folks, glass design would not be the same.
Thank you, Lotte!
A local hero is Lotte Streisinger, a founder of Eugene’s still-vibrant Saturday Market. Lotte included me in the Craftsmanship 1976 exhibit at the University of Oregon Museum of Art, commissioned this early window for her home, and shepherded me into the realm of public art when she managed the Crafts portion of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts permanent artwork.
Lotte’s own professionalism and respect for skills and talent couldn’t help but rub off on me, and my life was influenced in the most positive ways.
The design for her home has been a source for other projects.
Designing and drawing with bubbles
As I began fusing glass, many a happy accident featured air bubbles trapped between layers. I began controlling these bubbles, using them as design elements.
It is easy enough to create random visual textures with bubbles. A further area of study was creating air pockets between fused layers that would be bubbles of shapes I more or less controlled. These bubbles read much like a line on a page, and so one can “draw” with them.
The most controlled version of this was translating some Degas pastels of a woman in the bath to glass, basically making a monochromatic drawing from Degas’ colored originals.
Other examples shown here is a very early use of small colored glasses between layers- here the bubbles are not the main feature.
Some more examples
And a pile of other projects