Using chunky glass rods in steel blue, which are harder to source, Shilling weaves and layers these to beautiful effect. Being thicker than her usual glass, these take more firings as the canes are more prone to behaving erratically and rolling away. Therefore more patience is required to create every layer first, which are then finally stacked for the last firing.
Shilling experiments with layering and fusing glass to produce beautiful one-off sculptures. Her innovative pieces push the material beyond our usual comfort zones. Glass rods are woven together like fabric, mimicking the flexibility and movement of cloth. The apparent frailty of the glass is balanced by the strong dynamic forms and differing levels of light pick out the various strands making up each unique piece.