All the molds are made except for the final stage of the hollow core cast bubble on the end of the blow pipe. I have been putting in endless hours to test color for the piece. I will need to make clear, blue, a pale yellow, gray and several brown tones, I mix my base batch, and test colorants in 2 lb melts. Every test batch gets mixed for 1 Hour, put into a small crucuble, pot and taken to 2000 degrees. It then gets poured out and anneled. Once I see how it looks as a transparent color, I bring it back up in temperature and hold it so that the color will opacify. This then gets annealed. This lets me see the same test in an opaque tone.
Dean Allison is a studio artist working with portrait sculpture and the figure with glass. His studio is in Pittsburgh PA. Dean is working on a commissioned sculpture for our new space in the Newark Arts Common. Follow Dean as he works to create this new significant work of art.