is an American Glass Artist with
a strong background in Physics
and Chemistry. This has helped him to use the Dichroic
Glass uniquely in his Work.
For some time he was focusing on Paperweights and Perfume
Bottles. These small Jewels led to the
important Sculptures that Mostly Glass Gallery is premiering
It took Sherburne more than a year of trial and error…
Finally Pygmalions emerged.
Burnt by the Sun; Kissed by
A female body is
beautiful and complex.
simply as sculpture it is an invitation to touch.
No wonder, millions of years of evolution have shaped it.
To make life, to hold life and to nurse life, harmony has been achieved; form is
Art works from great civilizations often
come to us from the earth with a
patina acquired through hundreds, even thousands of years
of exposure to the elements.
The dichroic coating on this piece resembles the nacreous
iridescent patina so often seen on
surfaces exposed to minerals and salts leeched through the
A lost wax technique.
The body was molded in alginate.
Hot wax was poured into the alginate mold and then the wax
form was placed in a
special refractory plaster mix which hardens.
It is heated till the wax melts and runs out of the
Over 6 days, the plaster mold is brought up to 1550 F
degrees at which temperature
lead crystal glass flows into the mold.
The glass and mold are cooled slowly (8 -10 days) to
relieve stress in the glass.
The figure was mounted with a customized assembly in the
coating chamber and coated with a
“design” calculated specifically for its size and form.
This is the largest glass sculpture ever given a dichroic
How much is too much?
How much effort to stay alive, to be beautiful, to keep
the pieces going, to make a belief reign supreme?
Earlier civilizations forced acceptance of their religion
and politics and even tried to bring back the dead.
We abjure their beliefs and methods but carry on their
a tour de force in Glass Sculpting.
Cast lead crystal with Blue, indigo, violet, dichroic
This is followed by applying Gold leaf.
Sterling silver rings are placed in holes drilled using a
diamond core drill.
The pieces are bonded with mastic, epoxy and fiberglass.
It was difficult finding a way to make the glass break
approximately where I wanted,
without scoring and striking.