Jenny Ayrton (UK) - Molten Wonderlands

Jenny Ayrton captures miniature wonderlands in molten glass. Based on often overlooked everyday scenes she creates stage-sets upon which viewers may project their own story. A full-time mum six-days of the week she takes inspiration from the domestic world, often finding that the little things trigger the best ideas; A washing line blowing wildly on the first day of spring, a couple sitting quietly under a tree in the park, a door ajar giving just a glimpse of what lies within.

Once a week she gets messy, transforming her observations into physical pieces of art. She is attracted to the transparency and weight of glass, and enjoys the logic behind the processes involved in casting. She uses sand-cast or kiln-cast techniques depending on the form that she wishes to create.

Many of Jenny's designs play with the viewers' perception of positive and negative space in terms of the physicality of the piece itself; for example a solid glass room split by a hollow wall and door. These are achieved through a kiln-cast process, creating a plaster mould into which the glass is melted. Jenny particularly enjoys the problem solving involved with developing these pieces.

Creating her sand-cast glass is an adrenaline rush, pushing Jenny to the edge of her comfort zone. She begins by making tiny sketches in wire, spending relaxed evenings drawing from the days' observations. In contrast a day spent in the hot-glass workshop is intense. Jenny uses an assortment of formers to create a detailed impression in a bed of sand, into which the molten glass is poured 1000C. She gets one brief opportunity to carefully add the wire using just tweezers, a fiddly action especially when exposed to such heat. The wire model is encased between two layers of hot glass, and it is the unpredictable and uncontrollable flow of the glass which creates the final form, ensuring that every piece is unique. It takes a few days to cool in the kiln before Jenny can see the results.

Whether sand-cast or kiln-cast Jenny works through a number of stages, each demanding attention to detail, yet even she doesn't know exactly what she will find when she opens the kiln, that's the exciting part.

View from Above

Source: http://www.newashgate.org.uk/whats-on/489/60909/hothouse-4-new-ashg...

Views: 97

Tags: Ayrton, Jenny, art, cast, casting, craft, crafthaus, day, every, glass, More…kiln, model, molten, sand, sketch, tweezer, wire, wonderlands

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Comment by Kimberly Nogueira on August 4, 2014 at 7:22pm

As a parent with an empty nest, these are just magic to me, thank you for sharing Jenny's work!

SNAG / CH Scholarship 2015

Created by

Kelly M Nye

Makers, Metalsmiths, and other Monikers.

What do you call yourself? Where do you belong in the Polarized Convocation of Jewelers?

This blog is a research-based discussion of personal inclusions in the Jewelry/Metals field and the titles and boundaries that define us as artists.

How do you define yourself and your practice?

JOIN the discussions.

Latest Activity

Jina Seo liked Melissa Cameron's photo
1 hour ago
Jina Seo and Melissa Cameron are now friends
1 hour ago
Melissa Cameron posted a blog post

Enamel on Steel – a weekend workshop

Parallel Planes Brooch V, 2012. From the La Geometrie series.Come along to Pratt Fine Arts Center here in Seattle and learn how to use liquid enamel for steel and copper from one of the best in the north-west… ME!“We’re…See More
6 hours ago
Brigitte Martin posted an event
Thumbnail

A Conversation about Stone Cutting at Lillstreet Art Center - LOFT

May 8, 2015 from 6pm to 7:30pm
A Conversation about Stone Cutting with Jean-Noel SoniSpecializing in Award Winning, Original Gemstone Cutting.
Friday, May 8, 20156-7:30pmLillstreet Loft4437 N. Ravenswood Ave, ChicagoJean will bring along a great assortment of Gem Quality rough crystals as well as cut gems. This may include a 44ct Tourmaline and a Spectrum Award winning 24ct Color Change Garnet. He will have many other fine examples of cut stones to show and discuss. 
The evening will begin with a “show and tell” about the…See More
10 hours ago
Ruudt Peters posted a video

RUUDT PETERS interviewed by Amani Boudargham

INTERVIEW about inn and outs of GROUND in relation to the exhibition ground and the workshop GROUND NOW
11 hours ago
Ruudt Peters commented on Brigitte Martin's group SNAG
" Ground interview RUUDT PETERS by Amani Boudargham "
11 hours ago
Ruudt Peters joined Brigitte Martin's group
Thumbnail

SNAG

Society of North American Goldsmiths is the Premier Association for Jewelry, Design and Metalsmithing.
11 hours ago
Brigitte Martin liked Glen Guarino's blog post Demonstrations by Furniture Maker Glen Guarino at Lie-Nielson Tool Event
yesterday
Brigitte Martin liked Jessica Todd's photo
yesterday
Jessica Todd posted photos
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"so so so many exciting things to do http://www.londoncraftweek.com/programme?&&&&keys=&page=1"
Sunday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
Sunday

© 2015   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service