LIGHT FUSION GLASS
I create kiln formed linear seascapes and landscapes from memories of color, shapes and textures. The sky at dawn or dusk is often filled with bands of color; waves make patterns in the dry sand, making it darker and almost liquid. The vivid greens and cool blues of Iceland are so different from the hot colors of the American Southwest, and both inspire me.
Often the color of a piece of glass will trigger the start of a design. I build my pieces with strips of cut glass that are dammed and formed in the kiln, then cold worked and fired again, either as a panel or formed using simple ceramic forms. I create bowls and plates using stringers (long thin pieces of glass) and layer them with thicker pieces of glass to establish depth. Each piece is then cold worked using a belt sander, a sand blaster, grinding wheels and pads, and then fired again over a ceramic mold. I enjoy the visceral process and the sense of discovery when each piece is finished.
ABOUT SHAWHAN LYNCH
I was born an Army brat, but have made North Carolina for the last thirty-seven years, living now in Timberlake. After 28 at years at Duke, I retired to help care for my sweet mother-in-law. As her world became smaller, I needed a creative outlet I could do at home alone. Always fascinated by glass, I took classes at Carolina Glass. From the first zip of the first cut I was in love. It’s been an intense labor of love. I’ve since studied at the the Corning Glass Studio with Marty Kremmer and Alyssa Oxley, with Brad Walker, and at the Oatka Glass Studio. Glass has become an integral part of my life. This is my first solo show.