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Unique Fused Glass

Pash is rather creative and she’s started creating fused glass objects. Everything from necklaces and earrings to bespoke trophies for competitions.

Our dining room is dominated by a 1 metre square glass firing kiln which is, I admit, an unconventional location. The dining table is where she cuts and grinds these works of art into existence but it’s only when they’re fired that they really turn into something wonderful.

I’ll cover the construction process at another point and instead, I thought I’d mention the photography aspect… Since Pash has set up an online shop/studio, she’s had to upload photos of the work she’s created. These days, taking a photograph can be easy so long as you have a phone but the important thing, especially with glass is placing the subject so it’s lit appropriately.

In my experience, glass is amongst the hardest of things to light effectively… It can reflect light very easily from one angle and yet, a slight angle change and the light shines right through!

Controlling the reflections to emphasize the shape, thickness and texture of glass is an art form in itself.

Pash has tried several approaches. Firstly, photographing the item against a black background and using a constant light. This worked pretty well but some of the details were lost where the item was transparent. Using a small white popup box was actually very successful. This diffused the light rather well but it worked best of the subjects that had a lot of colour. We realised it was worthwhile ensuring the shadows were visible in the photo so the dimensions were easier to determine.

Here are a few of the photos she’s taken “in the studio” so far.

Whilst these were quite pleasing and certainly showed off the detail well, Pash thought it might be a good idea to use a different, more textured background which was more indicative of the marine theme running through the artwork.

So, down to the beach we went with a selection of items and here are some of the results.

I beleive these are a much nicer way to show off wearable items despite the extra effort involved.

Pash’s etsy shop can be found at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/marineartstudio

 

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