thanks Athalour. Aquatic influences always find their way into my work ... both my gf and I are scuba junkies and try to go on a series of dives wherever we are in the world, provided there's a piece of ocean available. At the time I was making these, I was looking at a lot of images of coral, brain structures (and other internal organs), termite nests, convoluted roadways and medieval mazes. I'm actually very drawn to natural/organic patterns where similarities, as opposed to sameness, provide repetitive elements.
hi and thanks for looking and taking the time to comment. The initial step is to take a section of glass tubing, closed on the end, somewhat like a test tube. This is then warmed up in the flame and I fume different parts of the tubing with pure silver or gold. This means I evaporate the metal in the bottom of the flame and I have the glass further up the flame. The metal precipitates onto the glass. Gold will give you reddish and greenish hues and the silver will give you yellowish/whitish to blueish hues. The nice colour fades happen when the silver and blue overlap. Then I take some thin rod of clear glass and draw on the design, melt it in, thicken up the tube and flatten the end. Then I separate the flat part from the tube and flip it, so that what was formerly the inside of the tube now becomes the outside. I heat some more to allow the design to penetrate deeper into the glass (tech term is "implosion") and form a sphere. I use black glass to back the whole thing, because fumed designs show up a lot better on a dark background. Hope that helps.