This image shows the process just before the cold working stage. COLD WORKING is a term used to describe the polishing of the glass surface, this is done on a Linisher wet belt sander. Which has an abrasive belt and then is finished by hand using diamond hand pads.
This is a detailed image of the fused black and white strands. That have been placed into the pattern onto a kiln shelf and fuse together at temperature above 800 degree celsius in a glass kiln.
This image shows how the water jet cutter has cut one part of the design.
The sheet of opaque white glass has been placed on the water jet cutter which follows a CAD program that has run for more that 2 hours. Each strand has it s own unique shape and because of the way the pattern has been drawn. Each strand is cut from 6mm opaque white glass and the size is 50cm long and in its thinest part is around 5mm and very delicate.
This process will be repeated on a sheet of opaque Black glass. once the pieces have been cut each strand will need to be washed and cleaned to remove the sand that the cutter uses at high pressure to cut with water and cut a fine line around 1.5mm thick.
The Opaque white glass sheet.
Nicholas Collins launched his studio in 2014 to explore contemporary glass with a theme of optical illusion he creates bowls and platters that are design as functional works of art
these table top designs are created using waterjet cutting which is part of the process which is used in industrial manufacturing technology. the Cutter uses high pressure water and sand to cut through glass using a auto CAD drawing. His work is than combined with the age old craft process of kiln forming glass that dates back as far as the Egyptian period.
His aim is to create functional pieces that play with the viewer to create an optical effect ,and the mesmerising sensation of movement.
Not dissimilar to Bridget Riley's 1960s optical paintings and the way she designated monochromatic works that move and flicker with the eye and trick the eye to see colour in areas that are not there just like magic.
These effects hold Nicholas's attention and the time is ready to be re explored through functional glass works.
About my blog behind the scenes as a glass artist, this is a documentation of my work as an artist specialising in tabletop and interior accessories and glass furniture. Its aim is to show a record of what I'm up to projects what I'm working on and designs I'm developing, the materials I'm using and the techniques and developing. It is intended to give a background view of the designing and creating of new projects.