'Square Platter' is part of an ongoing series of platters by David Traub that draws attention to the relationship between everyday domestic objects and art objects. The work combines both handblown and fused glass techniques.
Taking upwards of 50 hours to complete the work is created through a series of steps:
"To make my work I start in the hot glass studio. I pick up a small piece of coloured glass on a blowing iron, get it hot and blow a small bubble. Then I case the bubble in two layers of clear glass and manipulate the glass to open the end and shape it so it looks like a sock with the toe cut off. I put this back in the furnace and suck hot glass back up the tube.
This is then stretched using heat and gravity to make a metre long cane which has a clear glass centre, a ring of colour and is cased in a ring of clear glass. One rod takes 15 minutes to make. To do the work in this exhibition each platter needs 25 to 30 of those rods. I then lay the rods down and cut them to give the impression of a stripe of colour. After assembling the design of my choice, I place the glass in a kiln taking the temperature up to 890°C and then slowly back to room temperature. This first firing takes 28 hours from start to finish and results in a flat piece of glass with my coloured composition. The next step is to cold work the edges and back of the tile before I put it in a slump mould for the second firing of 17 hours. In this firing, I only reach 640°C and the glass becomes soft enough to bend into the mould. After this, I further wheel cut the back of the platter before it is signed and ready to exhibit."
Dimensions: 350mm (h) x 350mm (w) x 90mm (d)
Medium: Fused and blown glass
Whanganui based artist David Traub began working with glass over forty years ago. Growing up in New York, David trained in ceramics and photography before falling in love with glass in 1973. David moved to Texas and with the help of the craft community there began what would become a life long passion. Over the next several years David took several short courses and worked beside various glass artists honing his skills and selling his work in art and craft fairs around the USA.
In 1984 he relocated to England, first as a student at the Royal College of Art and later as a Masters Degree student at Stourbridge College of Art & Technology. While finishing his Masters he began teaching and in 1995 was offered the post of program leader and senior lecturer for the glass programs at Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic in New Zealand. In 2006, after more than 20 years of teaching, he again decided to focus on his art.
David specialises in the beautiful, delicate, yet bold and striking art of glass. His colourful platters are part of an ongoing series which continues to evolve in both shape and scale.
David is represented in public and private collections in America, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
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