Blown Glass, Time, Temperature
H: 10", W&D: 4"
Photo Credit (above):
How are these things moving? ...and what characteristics might be responsible for them initiating a cup’s course of action?
How can I create a viewing situation of the kin activity that emulates the possibility of surveying a cup's ruin in the flesh?
In this test I had my friend and colleague, Peter Pincus (Artist and Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at RIT) throw and fire for me an open-ended ceramic cylinder… roughly 12” in height, 1” in thickness, and hosting an interior diameter of 4 ½”. This was going to be used as a restraining wall…a restrictive barrier around a cup to keep it from falling over during its transformation.
I created many cups of the same design to serve as a repeatable subject: to bring each cup to a high temperature and hold there for 15 minutes. The first cup in the series would go to 1100 degrees F; each cup after would follow the same program, but it’s destination temperature would increase by 25 degrees F each consecutive firing until the very last of the cups…reaching 1500 degrees F.
Pictured here are separate rows of a cup after reaching each temperature destination. Within that row are 4 photographs of the cup...shooting the cup at its 'front' and then rotating it every 90 degrees for each subsequent photograph.