Once in a while, Dana Robbins likes to stray from the normal routine, stop for a moment and test his creative skills working on his single edition glass and bronze sculptures. There is a great satisfaction in making these art pieces and Dana enjoys the challenge of combining two these contrasting materials.
The rendering process begins with a sketch and an idea is roughed out on paper. Depending on the design of the sculpture, a vase is created, either blown or cast from molten furnace glass. Once the glass vessel is made, the imagery for the bronze part of the artwork is then sculpted in wax. It is shaped around the blown vessel, carving the wax and custom fitting the metal elements to the lip, and base of the glass. Dana does all his own sculpting of all these bronze elements and characters, and casts these in bronze using the lost wax method of casting. There is no mold, just a single edition of the piece.
After the major parts are cast, some additional decoration is fabricated and soldered to the sculpture. Dana likes to add finishing touches and details to the work that could not be rendered during the initial casting. He may grind and polish parts of the bronze sculpture. He may also patina the surface to give the metal elements accents and highlights.
Once all the metalwork is completed, Dana may go back to the glass and change the surface by sandblasting on it. A rubber resist is adhered to the glass and a design is cut out, creating a stencil to sandblast through. He will sandblast the surface of the glass and then the stencil is removed and the frosted design is revealed. The final imagery is then accented by adding oil paints to the glass surface. A new glass and bronze table top sculpture is then complete.