This piece is made with a coral technique, which involves an extensive process of layering, firing and grinding the glass structure to reveal the negative space-or holes- that creates the unique one-of-a-kind designs in each piece. Each piece undergoes 3-5 firing cycles in the kiln that take up to 24 hours each and reach up 1385 degrees. The colors on the back, or outer edge, of each piece are chosen first for their quality to highlight the colors that are blended and layered on top of them. You can see these colors as they outline the edge of each cut in the design. Some colors of glass are more complicated to work with or are more expensive. For instance purple glass has gold in it, also many blues have copper in them and therefore are more costly and some are chemically reactive with each other. The most expensive colors are those that contain red and purple; the least expensive are clear and white.
This piece is a dream of mine. I wanted to create a form that magically blended all the colors I associate with mermaids and had the swaying movement of seaweed. This artwork blends various blues, greens and purples in a way that flows from one to the next, creating numerous variations in color. The base of the form is turquoise with a top edge of a special lavender glass that shifts or changes color depending on what type of light hits it. It can appear light lavender pink or even a deeper lavender. One of the images shows both a close-up of the outside and inside, where you can see this effect clearly.
Dimensions: 12" x 4 5/8"