This is one sculpture that turned out exactly as I had hoped. I did try hard to make this work!
In experimenting with clay and glass, I did not want to create something where the glass simply melted in a small puddle. Rather, I wanted to be surprised! In two of my earlier efforts with clay and glass, one representing my multi-media piece of the aftermath of the recent Tsunami in Japan, I ended up with many fragile glass components along with a variety of slumps and drips. It was a thought-provoking piece but not pretty. My sculpture had a point, related to understanding the chaos that must be the lives of some fellow human beings, but was not as romantic as candlelight and truffles.
Blackforest Rain #1 is more attractive than my Japanese piece and required much more knowledge than I had at the time I created an artistic rendition of the Tsunami. Blackforest Rain #1 required a much greater understanding the nature of the glass that I was using, knowing the temperatures that my kiln must reach to achieve certain effects, knowing what sequence of firings I must follow in order for the clay to vitrify, the various glazes used to reach their individual required temperatures, and knowing where in that process the glass should be introduced, and at what temperature the kiln should be turned off and slowly it must be cooled down. I am getting better at sorting out all this and love when the time comes to open the kiln to see what is inside!
Dimensions: about 12- 14 \"
Type Of Medium: Green glass ball scooped from the Yellow Sea between China and Korea. Smashed by the airlines en route to Canada, it became combined with black clay and used to create this sculpture. The universe is unfolding as it should.