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: 377

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!

Latest Activity

Janet Huddie posted a photo

Ossuary of Schemes 2014-2016

4.25" H x 3.5" W x 3.5" DCopper, Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Vitreous Enamel, Glass, Carnelian, Moonstone, Birdseed, Mouse Bones
6 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Photographer We need you to take beautiful photographs of our lifestyle products and jewellery Application deadline: May 31st 2016 Who we are: Amongst many things, Posh Totty Designs is the original pioneer of hand stamped jewellery. We design…"
19 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"We're open on the First Friday of the month until 22.00.   Explore our free exhibitions out of hours. Play eye-opening games in the Reading Room, handle intriguing objects and take a tour of the exhibition, or just have a glass of wine…"
19 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Launching the infocus Awards for Women In InnovationWe need your help. Our role at Innovate UK is to identify and nurture the next generation of brilliant innovators. Women are under-represented in the field of innovation, and that needs to change.…"
19 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"ACJ are on the hunt for the latest #design #talent at New Designers. Who’s with us? http://www.newdesigners.com/tickets #ND16 "
19 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"ACJ are delighted to be a partner of @newdesigners #ND16 this summer. Join us if you love #design: http://bit.ly/1V97Dlx "
19 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"REGISTER NOW FOR THE JEWELLERY EVENT OF THE SEASON   IJL has the greatest breadth and variety of jewellery suppliers of any current UK trade event – ranging from big brands to emerging talent, offering you exceptional choice and the…"
19 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Alternative models for learning and working  Inspired by ‘60s radicalism yet rooted in the contemporary climate of austerity and the commercialisation of art school education, the second Antiuniversity Now! festival offers an…"
19 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Nashville’s 45th Tennessee Craft Fair capped off our spring board meeting. The annual fair celebrates and supports America’s rich craft heritage on the lawn of Music City's famed Parthenon in Centennial Park. CERF+ board and staff…"
19 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"We're delighted with the new design and have managed to squeeze in even more makes and inspiration to help take your jewellery to a new level. The July issue, on sale today, has a travel theme and includes the Tulips From Amsterdam necklace by…"
19 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
20 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
20 hours ago

Masthead Credits

Leah Hardy, Laramie, Wyoming

LISTEN

Mixed media sculpture based on my son Ky's childhood.
Copper, earthenware, encaustic, mica, teeth, resin, patina.
10.5" x 14" x 8"

2008-09

© 2016   Created by Brigitte Martin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service