I’m a long-time friend and frequent collaborator with Ty, so when I was approached to write on Ty’s site I jumped at the opportunity. As a glass sculptor, I design and create original sculpture, furniture, lighting, and architectural commissions in my studio in Miami. Recently Ty visited during Art Basel when the world’s art scene sets up camp in the Wynnwood arts district where my studio is located. We set up a temporary hot glass studio in the street outside my studio/ gallery and Ty, myself and my team worked on some new ideas using some techniques I’ve been developing.
Prior to the event, I had asked Ty to bring along some wood cut tiles he uses for printing on fabric. We pressed these into moist sand leaving an impression and then poured molten hot glass into them thus creating glass tiles with Ty’s design raise on it. When it cooled and solidified a bit I picked it up on a steel pipe with a little hot glass on the end and we could maintain the form by keeping it hot by reheating it in the “gloryhole” for a while… But wait, the fun is just beginning! We then repeatedly pressed the 1500 degree tile onto paper thus creating what I like to call “pyroprints”.
Hot Glass “Tyles” and “Pyroprints”
These prints are just another example of how our artistic collaborations have evolved over the years. We always seem to have lots of fun doing stuff together, so stay tuned for our next adventure!
For more samples of my work, check out http://www.robsternartglass.com/