Artwork in Glass

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Glass candle stand by Tessa Wallis for St Monica's College 60th Anniversary Glass Lectern by Tessa Wallis for St Monica's 60th Anniversary Orford Memorial pedestal by Tessa Wallis




Love and Life, The Golden Years by Tessa Wallis Silica Seaweed by Tessa Wallis
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Love and Life, The Golden Years This gold glass expresses the value of love and life. On opposite sides are medallions of a man and a woman. A Celtic symbol on the woman’s forehead is a nod to her ancestors and shows an old man one way and an old woman the other. As lovers, (bottom left) the man’s strong arms are wrapped around the woman protectively as he feels her happiness against his flesh. In the middle, parents cuddle a newborn baby which reaches out to the mother’s face while the father looks on with pride. His large hands indicate the love and care he feels for his family. The hope that their children be guided through the forest of life by the spirit of peace is expressed in the lower middle medallion. A woman’s dream of motherhood (bottom right) shows a mother and child surrounded by flowers, as if in a garden. This medallion contrasts the masculine ideal expressed on the lower left. These original designs are a contemporary interpretation of classical Roman medallions and gold glass. The choice of glass and 24 carat gold leaf, symbolises that love and life are precious, but also fragile. The glass in Silica Seaweed is close to its origins in both name and materials; sea and sand. I am challenged and fascinated by the prospect of converting a flat piece of glass into a form with movement. The play of light through transparent glass is increased using a sculptural approach which highlights the unique qualities of glass. As seaweed is almost transparent and moves freely with the currents and tides, I chose to emulate it in this artwork which uses contemporary warm and cold glass techniques. Complex cutting was involved and transparent colour and textural glass droplets were added in separate kiln firings. The final slumping process was carefully controlled. Warm glass art is gaining popularity and being used in exciting new ways. Silica Seaweed is an example of the enormous potential for contemporary glass art sculpture.




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Glass clam, gems and seaweed Glassy gals
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Sgraffito on gold glass orbs


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