Michael Mikula

Cleveland, OH

Industrial architectural landscapes and the restless energy of civilizations point the way for this body of work. Multipart graphite molds are used as a tool to reinterpret architecture in blown glass. With a jazz-like sense of improvisation, I compose each mold from a large and growing library of hand cut graphite. As a result, no two compositions are alike. Glass is gathered onto a blow pipe, cast into the mold and then inflated to create a softly flowing interior surface. Once cooled, the resulting deeply dimensional blown forms are cut open and apart, polished and thoughtfully recomposed within an integral metal armature of anodized aluminum and stainless steel. I also make a series of related sculptural vessels that were the genesis of the current sculptures. All works are one of a kind.
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