Skyscape is a landscape bowl by Adam Aaronson, made in his studio in West Horsley. This complex, freeblown glass sculptural vessel is a triumph of composition. The surface is fired with pure silver leaf and textured coloured glass. This creates a dramatic, shimmering perspective.
“Whenever, I’m out walking with Bertie, our labradoodle, I’m always always looking at the sky. I find it is a constant source of inspiration. I love the way the light changes as the clouds move.”
Asked what makes one of his landscape bowls different from landscapes made by other glass artists, Adam replied
“It’s important to remember that different isn’t necessarily better. Every artist has their own style and the more you make, the more your work develops. I think that I approach glass from a different perspective, and perhaps that’s why some people have commented that my glass doesn’t always look like glass!”
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. This helps to create the effects of light reflecting on seascapes or forest scenes, or 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. In this piece Adam has only used three colours. But their density and the chemical reactions between them and the silver leaf have produced a rich diversity of tones and textures
Adam then gives each piece a title reflecting his own inspiration.
“I’m often inspired by the sky and the sea. Because there’s so much blue in this piece, there’s always a risk of ambiguity and everyone will see the horizon from a different perspective. But that reflects the beauty of the whole process”.
Skyscape has beautiful luminosity. This can change depending on where you place it. On a windowsill it will change throughout the day with the changes in daylight.