Most of my pieces start out on the wheel. From there, I’ll add some type of surface design or texture either through elaborate carvings or using underglaze and wax. Sometimes I’ll alter my pieces with an uneven lip or by darting the piece or shaping it to be square or oval. For the most part, I like to make functional pieces but by adding unique textures and surface designs I like to make each piece a little more unique and feel one of a kind.
I work in series. Insights revealed in a completed sculpture lead to ideas for the next piece. Sketches and maquette provide direction but alterations in the final piece proceed as a pose may shifts orientation or the context change from sea to land. I am grateful for the durability of Sculpture 412, a clay body that withstands modification and low and mid range kiln firings.
I flamework or lampwork soda lime glass, making my own stringers and murrini to create ocean themed beads and miniature sculptures. I also use my flame working skills with Bullseye glass to fuse functional designs with a Mid Century Modern style.
I design objects on a sketch pad before forming clay slabs to begin the construction. I like to have remnants of prior work on hand to help keep the pieces fresh and playful. Using the appropriate clay body I cut and form the pieces to the design. Each piece is considered on its own merit, and multiples are very rare. After bisque firing considerations are given to appropriate glazing. Final firing is cone 10 or pit.
Using traditional glass blowing techniques and free hand sculpting as their method of choice, Bay Blown Glass ensures each piece is truly one of a kind. After gathering from a pool of molten glass onto blow pipes and punty rods the glass is then manipulated by rolling, coloring, cutting, pulling, heating, cooling, twisting, blowing, and/or squeezing into their unique creations.
These salt & pepper farm shakers are closed-form products with proper glazing techniques. The cork stopper is strategically positioned at the top in order to preserve the perfectly round shape. The dispensing holes are then designed as either the eyes or nostrils of the face.
HANNAH NICHOLSON AND ALANAVAN ALTENA - ARTIST STATEMENT
Specializing in freehand blown glass, we like to play with the fluid nature of the molten material. We are often inspired by the natural world around us and seek to create unique pieces that are reminiscent of natural forms and landscapes while maintaining the flowing quality of glass. We do this by combining hot-sculpted details with larger blown pieces and altering the surfaces or adding metal when appropriate. In the cold-working studio, we employ varying techniques on already cooled pieces, such as carving and sandblasting, to bring our sculptures to life.