Kristy Sly Kiln Form Glass
The innate qualities of glass - the ways in which it reflects light while also transmitting it, refracting it, and shifting its color - have led me into the world of glass art. My focus is to optimize those properties.
For over a decade, I have been exploring various methods to showcase the inherent beauty of glass. When first introduced to the medium, I found the technical process of cutting glass and building windows addictive. I love the way the tools, my hands, and the glass work in harmony. As I mastered techniques ranging from stained glass windows to mosaics, I challenged myself to improve my understanding of glass as a medium and cultivate a singular style. Later, I developed a curiosity for melting glass in kiln, crucible, and furnace, and for incorporating metal in my work. Today, my passion is fired in a kiln.
My appetite for creating is fed by a number of sources: I recognize the integrity of an age-old tree, I see serenity in the ripples of a kayak’s wake, and I appreciate the composition of lines in architecture.
Hope Series: The warm colors and nested shapes in this body of work were inspired by my children and their relationships with their grandparents. After my twin daughters’ birth, I experienced anew the importance of strong family ties. My new nuclear family started spending more time with our extended family, my maternal grandmother and grandfather in particular, and our bond with them strengthened. Shortly thereafter, my grandfather was diagnosed with lymphoma. The Hope Series was born as a prayer, embracing him as he embraces my daughters.
Tableware Series: This handmade kiln formed glassware makes an elegant place setting, or a lovely home accent. The design can simply stand alone in a monochromatic set, or the ten available colors and nine shapes easily combine for a unique look.
Kilncarved Series: To kiln carve, I cut ceramic fiber paper into the desired design, then fuse the glass over the paper carving texture into the piece. The result is a textured pattern that interacts playfully with light. The tempting shadows and flattering reflections cast by the vessels in this series are a gratifying part of this work.
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