Seaview is a beautiful landscape bowl from Adam Aaronson’s Imaginary Landscape series.
This complex freeblown glass sculptural vessel is a triumph of composition. Click here to see a short video of Seaview with commentary by Adam Aaronson
Every piece of Adam’s glass art is handblown and the whole process takes hours.
“I begin by choosing my palette of powdered glass colours, intending to reflect a landscape that’s inspired me. My palette can also be influenced by the weather and just how I feel on that particular day.
Working carefully to achieve luminosity I apply layers of pure silver leaf. The glass is really hot at this stage, at least 500ºC. So it’s important not to burn your fingers! Then I delicately add the powdered colour in stages”
The silver becomes a canvas, depicting light reflecting on seascapes, forest scenes, a change in the seasons or dramatic skies.
A continual process of heating and reheating melts the colours onto the surface to build up unique tones and texture.
“Glassmakers often comment that glass has a life of its own as it doesn’t always do what you want. You can do the same thing over and over again and you won’t get the same result. It’s a bit like music and dance”.
At the final stage, after all the cold-working, Adam will give the work a title and engrave this on the base, signing his name and the date. “Often the title, reflecting my own inspiration, sparks people’s memories of a moment from far flung travel or their own favourite landscape.
“I think what you see in the glass depends on whether your passion is for skies or trees, the countryside or the sea.”