||Relations between my design philosophy and my work
The projects are all linked by the abstract concepts such as the relationship
of forms, how they work together and how they interact visually. When
an object consists of more than one piece - be it design- or one-off
work - a mutual relationship or dialog is created between the pieces.
My work seldom stands flat on the table but is often slightly lifted
up on a subtle curve.
Glass is a seductive material because of its transparency and because
it reflects the light. Working with form, clear glass is not a well qualified
material. The eye has a difficulty in defining the shape of the object
because of its transparency and because it reflects the light. The lost
wax cast technique used in the project Transformation appears to be very
useful when working with form. When the surfaces of the objects are left
slightly mat in the grinding process the eye can easily read the form.
The almost transparent surface still allows the eye to look into the
object and study the material.
It also works well to use both glass and porcelain - Wobbling
one object. Here the two materials are placed body against body like
a sandwich with the glass as the bread and the porcelain as the filling.
The form is well defined in the porcelain bowl and the transparency and
the light reflections in the glass go well together with the shiny glace.
I have used the form from the project Boats - a circle round disk shape
for the bronze medal and the lost wax cast glass project Transformation.
The curves and dimensions are adjusted but tracks can still be followed
back to the original form.
In the project Empty and full the mat sides and the clear upper surface
of the sand-cast glass make it possible for the eye to look into the
boat and observe the inside space. So the glass is either matt or transparent
- looking into, or looking at. The piece is a good demonstration of the
qualities different techniques add to the material.
In Pisces and Wobbling Bowls there is a reference to geometry. It was
not possible for me to find a reference between the six different curves
in the project Pipe Dishes even though it would have been satisfactory
for me. The design is so simple and it would have been logical to have
an explanation for the curves. So I had to go with how the relationship between the curves in the best possible way created a symbiosis between
form and function.
When I use colours I prefer light pastel colours with the celadon as
a preference. I have used the celadon colour for a number of years in
glass, so it was like “coming home” to see the celadon glaze
on the porcelain bowl in Wobbling Bowls.
The series Oval is based on an oval plan with a purity of line that is
enhanced by the addition of colour. The serendipitous relationship of
the colours to the form and the flowing wave it creates in the piece
is meant to give this work a vitality and beauty. Being together with
the white colour highlights each pastel colour. The white is used as
background the same way as accessories like collars and coifs in classical
fashion. The transparency of the clear glass allows the eye to look at
the interior form. Seen from the side the colours create a new form that
almost looks as a flower.