Sunday, January 3, 2010

My take on Coral

I learned a "technique" during my ongoing glass making education that makes my glass pieces look like coral. I like coral. I like that it is a completely organically shaped part of our earth. I like that each piece is predominantly one color, yet coral from around the world comes in countless colors. I like that it's mysterious, unique and interesting. ...and beautiful.

This piece uses a few different materials. There's the regular clear glass that acts as the structured backbone. Then, there's white crushed glass, frit, covering the clear glass. Clear frit was poured on the whole piece afterwards. Finally, a red powered glass is the final step that gives the piece the impression of the coral.

Still curious about the "technique" that gives this piece that coral look? Sorry. Like a magician, I can't reveal my secrets.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Javier Senosiaian - Organic Habitat Architect

Mix equal parts Wonka's Chocolate Factory, "Lord of the Rings" shires, Gaudi's visions, Dali's flair for the fantastical and you get close to Mexico's Javier Senosiaian's Nautilus House. The Nautilus House is a ferro-concrete construction coated with polyurethane and UV-resistant elastomeric waterproofing. Inside it comprises a complex labyrinth of rooms and interconnecting tunnels.

Virtually no right angles are in this house - such an uncommon feat that it makes your head spin. The wonder doesn't stop at this house, however. Senosiaian's entire portfolio is comprised of uber-colorful structures, organically shaped homes, voluptuously curved exterior landscapes and interiors that create the womb-like sensation of being safe & comfortable.

Please take a long visit to the website, for more inspiration.