Billy- Dartington glass, head designer.
- thick metal frames so glass doesn’t encase the frame casing cracks.
- simple forms
Steve crystal, previous glass teacher at the royal college of art, restoration of antique glassware.
- Thin wire, so there is less of a temperature shock reducing the risk of cracking
- frames made of wire to allow for heat expansion of the glass blowing
- low to no wire spout of neck to allow for glass to be broken off from the blowing pipe
Conflicting information from both sources, as they contradicted themselves according to thickness and materials of the frame.
These designs need to be able to be transferred in to ceramics in order for me to push my designs for my degree show. The concept of expanding a material is inspired by glass but i want the final product to be ceramic and steel/bronze. Out sourcing is perfectly acceptable and it will be an interesting development to see how the same design can differ between the two materials. Ceramic and bronze are very traditional material to me glass is new contemporary. Although glass is a well used an old technique the combination of metal and ceramic within the last year has been an exciting theme throughout my practice. i am also interested in the inspiration of glass blowing a s a contemporary technique with the traditional use of ceramic and bronze.
Steves advice of wire seems plausible with ceramics as i could use kiln wire either nichrome or kanthal wire to create the structure. If ceramic is capable of being expanded within this wire it can all be fired as one object. The potential native for this technique is the shrinkage of the clay may cause the clay to recede from the wire. If i am able to imprint the shape of the expansion process then there is not need for the wire to be fined with the clay.
Billy’s advice for a thicker frame specifically in bronze would only be able with ceramics if they are created as two separate objects and brought together after finishing. However the idea of creating an artefact that is one and does not consist of two components is ideal. which is not possible with bronze due to firing temperatures of the clay and the melting temperate of the bronze.