Blown and cut glass
6.5"h x 6.5"w x 5"d
Photography credit: Jeff Curtis
Courtesy the artist and Traver Gallery
American glass sculptor John Kiley describes the hazardous early days of his career: being burned by molten glass, seared by metal tools, and fighting his natural instinct to back away from the 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit blasting from the glass furnace. Honing his skills in production work - making 125 Christmas ornaments or polishing and grinding 700 paperweights each day – and then working with master craftsmen Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra, Kiley now creates beautiful unique pieces of his own design.
‘Lofall’ is an elegant sphere composed of an outer section of rose-coloured glass fused with an amber-hued inner section. Where light shines through the overlapping translucent parts, it creates more colours: reds, pinks, oranges and golds. The work is named after a sunset: “Near the beach, overlooking the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, there’s this particular time in the summer when the sun sets pretty far to the north and the water in the mountains turns this incredible shade of orange and pink. After I finished this piece it reminded me of one of these perfect summer days out at Lofall.”
For more information see travergallery.com
Hedge, issue 41, pp66-74, June 2016