This sculpture will have various colors within it. It will have transparent and opaques. In order to get the colors that I want I have to do many tests. I mix a base batch of chemicals first. Then I figure out recipes for the colors that I want to create. I have to figure out crucibles that will withstand the glass melting temperatures. These range from 2100-2400 degrees F. I devised a system for filling the pots and melting the color, pouring the molten color out and creating a billet or ingot of glass. This requires resources, patience, research, a lot of head scratching, rental time and assistance. The colors I am shooting for are 2-3 opal and transparent browns, black, transparent pale yellow, transparent grey (tools), red/orange (glass bubble), clear (bench and rails).
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.