Woodland is a landscape cylinder by Adam Aaronson, inspired by walks in the Surrey Hills and the Sheepleas woods near his home 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.
“I try to capture fleeting moments of light and shade in my work, so I thing of these as a collage of memories. I prefer to work spontaneously, beginning with an outline in my mindʼs eye, but this usually evolves as I am working. This evolutionary process is controlled and each piece informs the next..
Asked what makes one of his landscape bowls different from landscapes made by other glass artists, Adam replied
“Every artist wants to develop their own style. Glass is tricky to work with at the best of times. It really has a life of its own. Importantly the more work you do, the more you find that the medium works for you. 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!”
Firstly Adam selects a palette of powdered glass colours and then he lays them out 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, in order to create a soft luminosity. So at this point the silver becomes a canvas, because the colours will melt onto it. 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. So this builds up unique tones and texture.
Woodland is a simple form shimmering with luminosity. The reflections will change depending on where you place it. It doesn’t require special lighting and it is decorative but also functional. Perfect for a bunch of tulips!