Moonlight is one of a series of new landscape bowls that Adam Aaronson has made. Adam gets his inspiration from moonlit walks around the Surrey Hills in Surrey and elsewhere.
“I love the nocturnes of painters such as James Whistler. The reflective glass of early twentieth century glass by Tiffany and Loetz has always fascinated me.”
When asked what makes one of his landscape bowls different, Adam replied
“Typically glassmakers achieve iridescence in glass by using an all over process, like spraying with stannous chloride. What I am trying to achieve is more of a painterly feel, so I use different, equally complex methods to achieve this”
Adam begins by choosing a palette of powdered glass colours, so he can use these to reflect a landscape that he finds inspiring.
He applies layers of pure silver leaf, delicately adding the powdered colour, to create a soft luminosity. At this point the silver becomes a canvas, depicting the effects of light reflecting on seascapes or forest scenes. Perhaps a change in the seasons or dramatic skies.
The colours melt into the surface by a process of heating and reheating and this builds up unique tones and texture.
Adam then gives each piece a title reflecting his own inspiration.
“But often I find the title is just a springboard. It can spark people’s memories of a moment from far flung travel or their own favourite landscape.
“I think everybody sees something different in the finished piece. It depends on whether you are drawn to skies or trees, the countryside or the sea”.