At the opening of the Just Glass Exhibiton: Art Of the Possible at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery. Max was interviewed by Dr Eleanor Flegg in John Soane’s bedroom. In the seven minute clip he talks passionately about the new piece Music of the Spheres created for the show. Aspects of sacred geometry and alchemy are touched upon as well as Max’s own relationship with Glass and the sometimes fickle nature of the material he works with. It is a fascinating insight into the science, craft and design behind the art.
Mysterious Conjunction at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery
Music of the Spheres has been especially made for this exhibition as a collaboration with Jeff Rogers and Mimi Norrgren. Inspired by Sir John Soane and referencing his
interest in classical architecture and proportion we have used a system of spheres that
increase in size according to the Fibonacci sequence. This internal chamber is
shrouded by a cone formed from an Isosceles triangle of Golden Proportions.
The addition of moving water to this spatial game adds a time dynamic that echoes the ebband flow of natural processes (natural geometry being the source of the ‘Golden Ratio’)
To the Ancient Greeks and Vitruvius, proportion and rhythm were one, and the idea of ‘symmetry’ was to bring together a harmonious correlation between the whole and its parts.As a traveller, collector and pioneer in classical studies, John Soane would have followed this concept and considered architecture to be‘frozen music’.
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 →
On Friday 11th October I arrived in Shanghai with the glass Qipao dress that we had been working on for the past three months. She had been carefully separated into a torso section and a skirt section and boxed with … 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.