Verbena I by Renata Pugh, Ars Lumina
Named after the flower, this is a lavender, clear, and white, 4-sided stained glass table lamp, copper-foiled and decoratively soldered, with neutral-colored agate, citrine quartz, and glass gem accents.
Material: glass, agate, copper, lead-free solder.
Dimensions or size: 5" x 12" x 5"
Artisan Statement: I typically start with a sketch of what I want the final piece to look like. After deciding the color palette, a template is created and used as a guide when cutting the glass. After copper foiling each piece, I then employ various soldering techniques, not only to build the overall structure, but also to bring another layer of artistry into the design. Aside from stained glass, other elements, such as agates and/or gemstones, are carefully chosen and placed to add an organic quality, as well as to create accents of texture and color. Overall, I aim to create pieces which somewhat resemble glass “fabric” which is then “stitched” together with solder. The work is non-representational, so that the viewer can solely focus on the intrinsic beauty of the glass, and the cooled molten state of the solder which sumptuously binds all the elements together.
Artisan Bio: As a child, I was a compulsive drawer (mostly drawing imaginary people), and took many art classes in a variety of mediums. It was only natural that I would go to an art college following high school, and so I attended School of Visual Arts in NY in 2004, and graduated with a BFA in illustration. About a year after graduation, I ended up with a job working for an art restoration and conservation company in Manhattan, mainly working on sculpture and other art objects of the 3-dimensional variety. Through this experience, my interest in a variety of art mediums grew, and so I began experimenting more with different materials and techniques in my personal work. It wasn't long before a colleague of mine turned me on to stained glass, and I instantly fell in love with the radiant quality of it, as well as the sculptural and decorative possibilities of solder. As soon as I felt more comfortable with my technique, the many abstract drawings and doodles in my sketchbook became the inspiration for my stained glass designs, and in 2011 I named this body of work “Ars Lumina”, meaning "Art Light" in Latin. Ars Lumina comprises all of my work in this particular medium.
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