Sherburne Slack 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 at
SOFA New York.

It took Sherburne more than a year of trial and error…
Finally Pygmalions emerged.

Burnt by the Sun; Kissed by the Moon

A female body is beautiful and complex. Viewed 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 beauty.

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 soil.

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 plaster mold. 
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 coating. 


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 legacy.

Technically, a tour de force in Glass Sculpting
Cast lead crystal with Blue, indigo, violet, dichroic coating.
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.