4 May 2021. I have been exploring glass ingredients of late. The problem arises, however, that if I use too much glass these works can start to look like lamps but I do enjoy the pristine quality of glass so I figure it’s worth the risk.

Recently I had a problem with how to attach the horizontal glass condenser tube to this piece. If it’s permanently affixed (glued in some way) it would make this work too fragile and glue tends to be messy. If it’s not securely attached, how do I make sure that when this is on display, that the glass is safe?

One of the many mysteries of my creative process is that I can frequently “solve” creative or technical issues in my sleep. It’s not that I actually dream of solutions but it would seem that I tend to mull over aspects of my work during that twilight period when I am not really in a deep sleep but not in a waking state either. I would guess somewhere between 4:00 and 7:00 am. I don’t plan to “work” on a problem in my sleep, it just happens. 

As with my other creative pursuits, it seems my talent is less about my mastery of technical skills and more about my ability to be creative when I need to be creative. I don’t understand this process but I would assume that I am not alone in this ability. This surely has helped me in creating my Foundlings and the joy in “solving” a problem is so fulfilling.

And my solution to the glass tube? Vertical posts. I can slide the tube onto the posts when on display and safely store the tube with packing material when shipping it. Problem solved.

This is Glassworks I and is 7″ x 11″ x 5″.