From 10 September until 31 October 2021 at
I have received Pattie Walker Memorial Award in Architectural Glass at Craft Ontario
at Craft Ontario Gallery
1106 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario
From 21 October until 13 November 2021
Online panel discussion on October 21st from 7-8 pm
Pâte de verre is a very cumbersome process. I try to commune with those ancient craftsmen who toiled away at their craft, gathering sand and chemicals, sculpting vessels with wax, building plaster moulds, losing wax, charging glass powder, heating the charged moulds with wood fire and then removing the plaster after they cool down. With great sympathy, I have seen a glass bottle from ancient Egypt where the craftsman had got tired of scraping out the plaster from the interior of the vessel and left it in place.
It is no wonder the technique was completely abandoned for 1900 years. It was revived in France in the early 1900s.
Fascinated with the earlier works, I decided to invent my own method in pâte de verre, combining different techniques. Even with the help of electricity, computerized thermostat and purchasing of glass powder over vast distances, the process is still very time-consuming and cumbersome.