Stormy Weather is one of a recent series of landscape bowls that Adam Aaronson has made.
Adam often gets his inspiration from walking in and around the Surrey Hills in Surrey and in particular the Sheepleas in West Horsley near his studio.
“I think that Stormy Weather definitely has influences from JMW Turner, one of my favourite painters.”
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. Quite often people ask what paints I am using, but actually they’re not paints”
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”.
Stormy Weather has a subtle luminosity. This can change depending on where you place it. On a windowsill it will change throughout the day with the changes in daylight.
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