We recently completed two new decanters to add to the the original wrapped Decanter that is now in Hong Kong. These core cast pieces use an original cut crystal decanter as the negative shape inside the casting. This can be … Continue reading
The dress continued to make progress through the latter part of April and into May with most of the activity in the cold working area as we cut up the panels into separate patchwork plates, drilled a network of tiny … Continue reading
In March the Glassforms Studio embarked on a major commission, a sculpture in slump moulded glass of a traditional Chinese Qipau dress. The piece has been commissioned by the Shanghai International Fashion Education Centre as a focal point for the Library of their brand new building, still under construction (see pic >www.shangtex.biz/en/InfoList/M27293215/P34366818.shtml).
Max’s design for the dress as a full length evening gown was made up in the Chinatown district of Shanghai and then shipped to the UK. The combined forces of Max, Mimi Norrgren and Jeff Rogers then set to work, converting the silk dress in to a full length silicone mould with fiberglass casing.
The design for the dress features a subtle blue fade from base to top with a spray of white jasmine flowers that starts on the left shoulder moving across the breast around the waist and ends up on the left hip above the white bordered slit.The panels have been created in Artista glass first fusing graded blue frits along the length then slumping over moulds in the kiln. The flower design is then fused on top before cutting , drilling and heat polishing the Patchwork style sections. The panels will have been in the kiln four times before they are considered ready for stitching back together.
Mimi and Jeff have been working on the project since the start and the workshop as a whole has developed massively in it’s ability to handle large scale mould-making based projects.
The following images show work in progress during March and April.