September 2016

LIQUID GLASS

 

 

With today’s expanding pace of change and decrease of understanding regarding our surrounding products we have a need to recognise and understand. It is all about a coherence of how we perceive ourselves in relation to history, cultural development and as actors in the context we place ourselves in.

 

Today the majority of glass is manufactured industrially and barely has the quality that the material once had. The manner in which a material is being shaped reveals the material's character.

 

Glass is a material that is to be shaped with tools and when brought into a liquid state it cannot be touched by hand. The liquid glass is transformed under guidance to a more solid material. The many steps in between these stages determine the impression left behind by the tool.

 

The craftsman practising the craft is a consolidated world of the person in action, the hand delegating and being one with the tool to make form from the body, inevitably resulting in a human scale. It is thereby visual that all objects on display present the nature of the material in nuanced detail. The tool becoming the extension of the fingers, which alters the hand's natural capacities. When in use, the hand and tool are no longer seen as separates but as one.

 

The tool is the link between maker and glass and reveals to us an understanding of the material's process of taking form. It enables the relation between maker, tool and object in glass, as well as revealing historical reference, context and material qualities. The mark left by the tool enhances the character or property of glass as a material and the colour created from natural earthbound material is a testament of history and enlightens the marks in an aesthetic manner.

 

The manipulation of the tool, its influence, the touch of the human hand and the qualities of the materials cause objects from craft to contain a remainder of that what we could call real.

 

 

© GERNER JAHNCKE 2017