Artist of the Day / Janeen Shagman

I love the variety and quality of Janeen’s work.  Below the photos I’ve reprinted her description of the work involved in making the artglass bowl in the seventh photo.  It’s amazing the amount of work and precision involved.

“To create this artglass bowl, I began with color. I chose this vibrant dichroic glass in a magenta, hot pink, raspberry shade, that shifts through the spectrum of pinks to purple, as the viewing angle and lighting alter. For maximum impact, I used an opaque black glass, for the background color. Next, came design. Two rings of opposing triangles, and an inner spiral, composed of rectangles and squares. For the outer ring of triangles, I chose a textured dichroic glass, that when fused, gives the impression of subtle stripes. After cutting out all of the pieces, I began to arrange them on the double layer of black glass, carefully gluing each triangle and square in place, so they would not shift position during the firing process.

I fired the glass at 1450 degrees, achieving very close to a full fuse. When the glass was cool, I ground the edges and refired the glass, in what is called a fire polish. A third firing was performed, to slump the glass into a ceramic mold, to give shape and depth to this artglass piece.”

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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