Sean Albert Intentionally Random Line Study Art Glass Sculpture, Tukwila, Washington, 2005, kiln-formed glass, signed and dated, ht. 12, wd. 11, dp. 2 1/2 in.
Note: Albert hand-pulled the 10,000 to 12,000 individual pieces of 'cane' used to fabricate this sculpture. Canes are round rods of clear glass with a small thread of colored glass running through the center, and are made using a furnace of 2000° F molten glass. This process involves hand-pulling the molten glass into 40 ft. long strands, which are later broken up into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces, roughly 3 inches long and slightly thinner than a pencil, are placed/arranged in a ceramic mold. The mold holding the thousands of pieces of cane is fired and the glass is 'formed' in an electric kiln or oven for about a week. During the firing process the kiln reaches a maximum temperature of 1400° F. A large part of the firing process is used to anneal (cool to room temp. slowly and evenly) to prevent cracking. After the hot forming process, the now solid block of glass is brought to a high polish using various cold working processes similar to polishing marble, and results in a mirror-like surface allowing the viewer to see the interior composition.
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