Silica Based Life Form "Fish" by Carol McDonough, from Rutland, OH
My slumped glass sculptures got started because I couldn't recycle glass in Meigs county and I was interested in making more sculptural work. As I started working with the glass, breaking, rearranging and melting it into new forms I noticed that as the glass melts it leaves a trail of glass as it goes down into the mold. This gives the illusion of life and movement. Hence the "Silica Based Life Forms" were born. The series consists of "Trees", "Flowers" and "Fish". This piece was made by filling a ceramic mold with particular pieces of broken glass that were carefully arranged and fired to approximately 2,000 degrees. The clay base was made separately and fired three times at a much higher temperature than the glass. The last firing of the base was to fire on the real gold on top of the glaze. I look forward to doing more of this type of sculpture perhaps adding some new life forms as things evolve.