This gorgeous girl body diver was a commissioned piece for a new client
She inspired me to search out a way to create “flesh tones” in glass. I’ve always just used clear glass or white for the skin on my divers. Their wet suits provided enough color that it wasn’t critical to use anything different. This on presented a challenge. The only color, a pink bikini, she would have disappeared into the green spirals of the background so I had to find a nice color to use. Flesh Tones are not readily available to purchase, but I did find a Youtube video from 2019 on Torch Talk with David Kaminski demonstrating how to mix N.S. Star White, N.S. Canary & N.S. Cherry together to get this wonderful skin color. It’s a lot of work hand blending. A lot of heating, twisting and folding. And when you think you’ve done that enough.. do it some more to get a nice even smooth color. Then pull it into rods.
This free diver beauty was made from a photo my client sent. Based on the colors and position in the photo I set off to make this sculpture. One of the most fascinating things I find about glass is it always comes together differently than you expect. The glass kind of decides what it wants to be and how it wants to form. I personally enjoy that part. I love to be surprised. So I sketch a design, pick out some colors and start working. It evolves as we go along.
I love the way she evolved!! I couldn’t be more thrilled at her design and I know I will be exploring more of this style throughout the year.
Here’s what matt had to say about his sculpture.
“I had requested a custom piece for my spouse from a photo I provided and Wendy the craftsperson/owner after chatting back and forth created a representative, creative glass work of art imitating the photo. Wendy is highly responsive, accommodating and obviously talented artist. I would not hesitate recommending Wendy or ordering from her again. Thank you Wendy!”
There are so many possibilities just waiting to be discovered, or at least that is the expectant kind of joy I’m feeling right now! Keep watching for more “Water Inspired Sculpture“, & “Botanical Earth Blooms” these two will be a recurring themes for me in 2021 as I explore new hues in glass, and sculptural form.
“By Doing What You Love, You Inspire & Awaken The Hearts Of Others” Unknown
I like to think that by following my dreams somehow it would inspire and awaken the hearts of others. That would Awesome! I hope your in a position to do what you love and love what you do!
Update: This girl was included in The Flow Magazine
Summer 2021 Edition, Page 11!! I am so honored!