Iris Flowers In The Studio

Iris Flowers In The Studio

Jun 8th 2019

Last month I sold several of my favorite glass iris sculptures so it's time to make more. One of the sculptures that I sent out needed a complimentary sculpture to go with it, so I made a custom order for the client. 

Red Glass Bearded Iris Flower

This is the flower that needed a companion. It was a first of it's kind with the multiple elegant leaves. I fell in love with it as soon as it came out of the kiln. 

White Glass Iris Flower Sculpture

Here is the new brilliant white glass iris flower for my client. So stunning! I could have kept this myself and enjoyed it for years! I love how the stalks/leaves seem to be dancing to a rhythm only they can hear.

A little insight into my studio and the creation process. 

You can see in the right of the image clear glass rods. This is how everyone of my sculptures starts. One rod of clear glass that I add varying colors to.

In the bottom left you can see that this sculpture is still attached to one of those 12mm rods, this is my "handle". It's with this one rod that I hold, add and work on the whole piece. 

The long thin glass on top of the flower is called a "bridge" this holds the petals and leaves in place while I solder and make sure each joint is perfectly attached.

I can work on each new addition to the sculpture one at a time. Between adding new pieces I put the whole thing into a 1050* kiln to keep it hot. This kiln will also be what anneals the sculpture in the end.

It's a Hot job! 

The temperature while I was making this sculpture was 97*. I was in the studio in front of an open flame next to a high temp kiln with no air conditioning. Tis the life of a glass artist!

In The Studio

This yummy orange sherbet colored iris is what's in my kiln right now. 

I can't wait to see what this one will look like when it's finished. It's such a happy flower. I'll keep you posted or check in my Glass Flower Section in the shop to see what's new!