THE COHN FAMILY TRUST PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN GLASS
JUDGES: JONATHAN COHN AND SHARYN O’MARA
With technical inspiration taken from a 19th C. French glass-casting technique known as pate de verre, my glass objects are individually cast in a kiln from small particles of lead crystal. All of the individual elements are first hand-carved in wax or cast directly from botanicals; and once transformed into glass, are combined to create small sculptural pieces and pseudo-functional vessels, flasks and goblets. Many of the objects feature the hand motif as it ubiquitously represents a cross-cultural human tool of communication, through symbolic gestures of friendship, generosity, holding, letting go, etc. The hollow pieces address the conceptual role of vessels as holders of history and memory: goblets denote ritual and celebration, while flacons hold scents and their associated reminiscences.