Once in a while, Dana will stray from his normal routine of blowing production glass work. He is excited when he can stop for a moment and carve waxes for his newest single edition glass and bronze sculpture. Dana feels a great satisfaction in making these art pieces and loves the challenge of combining glass and bronze in unique and unusual ways.
He starts the process with a sketch of an idea, roughed out on paper. Depending on the design, Dana will blow the glass vase first. Once he creates the glass elements, he then sculpts the design for the bronze artwork in wax. Dana forms the wax and shapes it around the blown vessel, custom fitting the main elements to the top and bottom of the glass. He then casts these parts in bronze using the lost wax method. These are all single edition sculptures because he is not creating a mother mold with each piece.
After he casts the major elements, Dana fabricates and solders these parts to the sculpture. He likes to add finishing touches to the work that could not be rendered during the initial casting. To finish things off, Dana may grind and polish areas of the bronze or add a patina to the surface to give the metal accents and highlights.
As Dana completes the finish on all the metal, he will sometimes go back to the glass and change the surface by sandblasting on it. How he does this is by adding a rubber resist to the outside of the glass and draws a design on the surface. He cuts out portions of the design with a sharp blade, creating a stencil to sandblast through. As he sprays the sand onto the surface of the glass, wherever he has cut out the stencil a frosted design appears. Dana then adds oil paints to the glass and the final images appear in the frosted surface. He has now completed a one of a kind bronze and glass sculpture.
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