Size: 14″ diameter, 1.5″ tall
The primitive folk-art-style center of this platter was inspired by the watercolor circles and polka dots on the beloved throw pillows on my sofa. Seeking to pay homage to them in glass, I created dozens of tiny lozenges of glass powder as the blue polkadots and make strategic use of the chemical reactions between different colors of glass to outline each successive circle.
Ringing the outside are hundreds of transparent glass cylinders in three different yellows, individually cut from hand-pulled glass cane, which I create by heating glass to 1500 degrees and pulling it from a crucible into rods while molten in a modern-day adaptation of the 16th century techniques of the Murano glassmakers.
Fused, cold worked, and slumped.