Saturday, 8 August 2009

Why I love sculpture

Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with round beads - after all, I probably make more lace beads in a week than anything else. But, looking back over the last month, I once more realised why my heart lies with sculpture. Including commissions and the ideas springing from my own little mind, I made:

  • Roses
  • Butterflies
  • Dragonflies
  • Munch's The Scream
  • Magritte's The Son of Man (the less said, the better! ;o)
  • Lilies
  • Cats
  • Cupcakes
  • A cornflower
  • A moongazing hare
  • A howling wolf
  • Skulls
...and I'm sure I've forgotten something! Doing sculpture means I walk through life looking at everything through the eyes of 'can I turn this into a bead' (I know others do this with patterns, so it's not just sculpture, but that's the way my mind works). It means I get a photo from a customer, of a flower growing in her back garden 'can you do these'. It means an endless journey of a balance between being true to the original, and allowing the glass and my skills to set boundaries, and the thrill when at least my skills expand and I coax something out of glass I didn't know I could.

So there you go. I love sculpture. And I know exactly what I'm doing next - which is why I'm waiting for a glass delivery!


  1. Aren't the trains sculptural? At least a tiny bit?
    Can't wait to see your next work :o)

  2. TRains are sculptural, alas, I didn't make any new ones this month - just sold one to a very lovely person ;o)