Dana Robbins explores his imagination by creating his signature single edition bronze and glass sculptures. He enjoys the creative challenge of combining two contrasting materials, bronze and glass, into one work of art.
When designing these pieces, the rendering process begins with a sketch and his idea is roughed out on paper. Depending on the design of the sculpture a vase is then made, either blown or cast from molten furnace glass.
Once the glass vessel is created, the imagery for the bronze is then sculpted in wax around the blown vase, shaping wax around the glass, custom fitting the metal elements to the lip, body and base of the glass. Dana sculpts all his own elements and characters out of wax, and casts these in bronze using the lost wax method.
After the major parts of the sculpture are cast, some additional decoration is fabricated and soldered to the sculpture. This allows Dana to add finishing touches and details to the work that could not be rendered in the initial casting.
Once all the metalwork is rendered, Dana may go back to the glass and change the surface by sandblasting on it. A rubber resist is adhered to the top of the glass and a design is cut, creating a stencil to sandblast through. Dana will sandblast the surface of the glass and then the stencil is removed and a frosted design is revealed. The final imagery is then accented by adding oil paints to the glass and patinas to the bronze.