Saturday, 25 April 2015

Flowing Glass Sculptures Inspired by the Ocean and Undersea Creatures

The talented artist K. William LeQuier makes spectacular, free flowing glass sculptures by using an exclusive style he's developed more than a decade and a half. Well, in the mid-1970s he learned about glass blowing and for years he created glass vessels. Then, in the early 1990s, he started to experiment with sandblasted surface designs, where he create he could carve glass into a myriad of textures using a sandblaster and a diamond saw. Nevertheless labor-intensive, this work resulted in unanticipated and thrilling results that gave him a new direction to explore. Though observing stacks of salvaged glass shelving, he recognized he could make multi-layered constructions that looked like free flowing strands of carved glass. These pieces would be inspired by momentary events in nature like a wave crashing or a jellyfish swimming through the ocean.

Thus, every sculpture starts with a rough sketch. From that, he creates a template to scale.  He says; thin strips of adhesive rubber are arranged one at a time on each plate of glass. When the plate is sandblasted, the rubber acts as a resist. The rest of the plate is cut away leaving only what was protected by the rubber. Further, after each plate is sandblasted the plates are then well glued together with a distinct UV curing epoxy." Sanding is done with a belt sander and details are carved with a diamond tip. The artist makes the base and armature on which the sculpture rests all by hand. My work is actually inspired by the drama of everyday events in the natural world where weather and time are catalysts for change.

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