Courtney Downman

Glass, Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design, Class of 2020

2020

Ice Orb

Blown, saw carved and sandblasted glass

10" x 10" x 9.5"

This piece is the most recent in my series of Saw Carved Vessels. I begin each piece with a blown glass form made by gathering, blowing and shaping the molten material. Once cooled the glass becomes rigid. Using a diamond bladed saw I then delicately carve into the surface of the glass to create linear texture. I then gently cut the bubble open and create each spike one at a time with the edge of the saw blade. I then sandblast the finished piece to create the matte finish. This series is an exploration of our perception of glass as a fragile material.

Award winner: $500