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Bottles With Soul Fragments by Bill Hess

Bottles With Soul Fragments

Bottles With Soul Fragments
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Code: 87BHCLC3
Price: $1,850.00
Dimensions: 12"H x 12"W x 1" D


These bottles are solid cast pieces of 100% recycled container glass. Although looking like bottles, they are cast art glass.The shapes were formed by pressing recovered/ discarded bottles into sand. Bottle shards, frit glass, cedar tree sprigs and seed cones were placed into the mold before pouring molten glass into the mold. The combustibles burned out during the pouring process to leave ghost-like etchings on the surface and inside the final work.  One side is fire-polished smooth and the other side textured. These sculptures offer an alternate perspective on an everyday form. Provocative and biological, the forms were inspired by the consumerism ever-present in our society.

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I enjoy seeing a discarded glass bottle assume a new life. Glass containers have an intimate place in our lives, and this relationship is energetically etched into each piece that I create. I feel like an alchemist as I work to transform the physicality of glass while preserving its soul and history. From a practical perspective I feel frugal in sourcing my materials, but more so, I feel ecological. I strive for efficiency and intelligence in utilizing objects and resources that are beautiful, readily available, and whose prior lives are still evident upon reaching my hands. Over the past 10 years, this re-use philosophy has meshed well with my interest in conveying a message to celebrate, engage, and provoke a more meaningful relationship between people, nature, and objects. I bring this sensibility to the content of my work with recycled glass, whereby natural imagery is introduced either intentionally, by chance or discovery through the creative process. When the glass creates a dialogue with the content of a sculpture, I experience an energetic shift and a bit of the supernatural. This makes the whole creative process worthwhile and justified while hopefully providing some inspiration, joy, and reflection for others. I was educated as an artist and engineer and became interested in art glass while living in Seattle studying at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Much of my experience with recycled glass has been through independent discovery. Recently, I have been creating larger pieces in the form of counter tops. These have evolved into awesome painterly type works. Each has a substantial ethereal signature both in mass and visual information resulting from the idiosyncrasies of recycled glass.

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