Colleen Gyori creates glass sculptures by using extensive visualization and planning, including experimenting with colors, materials and shapes, before beginning to piece together her work. To see more of her stunning art, please visit her website.
“These hands were made for making.” From early life to late in life, my need to create endures. From fabrics and fibers to sketch books and sketches, my way was paved toward the excitement of manipulating glass.
My work is varied in technique, but primarily begins with thought regarding the human spirit, emotions felt, and how these emotions relate to nature. The journey of creating each piece begins with extensive “imagining” until I begin experimenting – first with colors, then with pliable materials to form models. Throughout the planning stage I indulge in much visualization.
Finally, the glass fun begins. Most of my pieces include various elements that are created, fused, and cut prior to assembling the full piece, or pieces, that are to make up the sculpture. Once a piece is assembled, the elements are placed face down into the kiln and dammed to contain the shape and size desired. This firing is a gradual schedule up to 1485 degrees before a slow and measured cooling schedule to assure proper annealing of the glass.
Next, sandblasting to remove any residue is an important step before beginning extensive polishing with diamond disks. The piece or pieces are finally ready for a final trip to the kiln for shaping/bending into the shape desired. This step is also designed to assure a soft, matte polish.
Texture, polish and layering through a variety of kiln-forming techniques contribute to the final results that I enjoy creating. In many of my pieces, I also incorporate engraving/sketching with diamond wheels and burrs to reveal colors beneath the surfaces.
Much of my current work involves glass “walls,” “towers,” or “sketches” which are intended to evoke emotion or remembrance of places of natural beauty. The pieces have weight and solidity, but retain the fragility and reflective qualities of the glass.
Although my descriptions provide my intent, I am hopeful that each will inspire interpretation or questions for the individual viewer.