Inside the Looking Glass
Anyone viewing this “dance of heat and light”, as Marlene likes to call it, gets the definite impression that they are witnessing a very complex and dangerous process. While at the same time, with her well drilled crew, the viewer sees past this and becomes mesmerized by the fine-tuned performance. Each partner knows exactly what to do and when, where communication exists without words, and where the result reflects the energy of its creation.
The First Step:
Although many people are aware of the heat and danger involved with casting glass in its molten state at 2000 degrees, most people are not aware of just how much work goes into each mold prior to casting. On a typical day in the studio, Marlene will put about 6-7 hours into the mold work before the climactic moment of pouring the glass.
First, Marlene starts with a concept that she typically sketches out. Once she has solidified her design concept, this concept is carved into a hard foam form. This foam carving is then pressed into a special mixture of moist sand and clay and carefully removed leaving behind a detailed memory of the foam shape in the sand.