2nd Place recipient

Raymon Elozua

Working in ceramic, I have always been interested in testing the physical limits of the medium. Glass has always been attractive as well but it wasn’t until 2013 that I had the opportunity to explore it with Lorin Silverman; together we researched and developed a way to blow glass into a steel armature.

Glass is perhaps the most difficult medium I have utilized. Once the glass shapes were created, using CAD drawings, I constructed a steel and wire armature which was then covered with terra cotta and fired multiple times to 04 for color. The glass forms were then independently affixed to the sculpture.

The tension between the fractured ceramic with the reflective glass as well as the contrasting surfaces is compelling and fascinating, a feeling of beauty born out of decay.