Secret Languages @ Fu Bar Luxembourg

Secret Languages @ Fu Bar Luxembourg

My burn drawings are showing starting today at Fu Bar in Clausen, Luxembourg (you can find them on Facebook here). I spent the afternoon hanging them, and all are welcome and encouraged to head down there and enjoy my work, a fantastic burger, and some local brew.Drawings can be purcahsed through my website, or in cash at the bar.

Each profession has a way of speaking, words they use that outsiders don’t understand (or don’t understand the full meaning of,) acronyms, or ways of speaking that can be unintelligible to the untrained listener. These professional languages are interesting in that they serve to enhance communication within the in-group. They make it more precise, or more efficient, but at the same time they create a group of outsiders, who, because of not having learned the language, cannot participate fully in the conversation without the help of an insider. 
The work available at Fu Bar is from a series titled “Secret Languages,” that reflects on this idea. They are made on water colour paper, the mark is created by drawing hot glass, straight out of the furnace, onto the paper with a steel rod. The line quality is very calligraphic, evoking simultaneously ideas of language and landscape.
This is for me, an interesting meditation on language and communication. This is a mark that glassmakers understand, they have seen it before, they know how it was made, but to an outsider, it can be mysterious.
Each of the pieces is unique and cannot be replicated.

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Clear Bowl and Goblet Stem

Clear Bowl and Goblet Stem

For the Bowl, the wax mold was attached to a clay reservoir. The weight of the wax was 192g, and by water displacement, equivalent to 571g of clear System 96 furnace pellets, and I used that glass in the mold.

The mold was 7″ x 7″, 60% Silica, 40% Plaster, and poured.

For the goblet Stem, the wax mold was again attached to a clay reservoir. The mold was 4.5″ x 5″, poured into a plastic pineapple container. The wax weighed 89g, and was equivalent to 270g of furnace pellets, for the casting, I used 275 clear cullet, and 20g powder (Colour RW HP229).

Both molds were poured and steamed on December 1st, and Firing started on December 1st in Kiln #4 on the following schedule:

1. 3:00 – 150
2. 15:00 @ 150
3. 22:00 – 515
4. 25:00 – 600
5. 25:01 – 875
6. 30:00 @ 875
7: 30:01 – 515
8. 38:01 @ 515
9. 55:01 – 400
10. 68:00 – 50

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Bowl and goblet stem

The goblet stem was picked up in the hotshop on December 9th, it was sent up to 515C over the course of 5 hours, then soaked for one hour, then sent up to 560C before being picked up and attached to a bubble and re-annealed on a normal annealing schedule for blown work in our studio.