“I like it! What is it?” my daughter said. “It’s a sun!” I replied. Well, truthfully, it’s an under construction sun. If you look closely, you can see a red piece of tape reminding me of where the top is and on the right side is a pattern piece still taped in— and there will probably be more. At first I had intended to have 3-4 glass pieces but the more I add, the more I like it. The shapes are popping out and the colors look even more beautiful as they overlap. Adding the glass is pretty interesting because the shapes first must be cut from a sheet of glass and ground to fit, then I drill multiple holes in each one, then slump them in the kiln to get the correct shape, and finally, carefully wire them in.
Eventually this will be hung, together with a butterfly mobile I’m creating , in an elementary school in Summit, NJ (I blogged about the butterfly portion on December 21, 2018). It’s been really fun to work on this commission; this portion is unlike anything I’ve done before. I did a site visit to the school the other day to confirm important details about the hanging of the pieces even though I still have a ways to go with the whole project. The staff was very friendly, helpful and nearly as excited as I am for this piece to hang in their lovely front office. More photos to come as it develops further.