The Glass Prize 2017
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CHRIS ALEXANDER

Name of Work:"Phi"
Third Line:Bullseye Glass Artists 2020

"Phi"

"Phi" is part the work of an artistic residency at TX/RX Labs in Houston. The theme was the quadrivium; a medieval curriculum involving the study of arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. This work reflects the elegance of the study of number. It is inspired by the connections between art, science and nature exhibited by the irrational number Phi. Phi can be found in the Golden ratio, the Fibonacci Series, in natural growth patterns of plants, and in aspects of our universe from DNA to the solar system. The structure of the piece is built from steel stained glass reinforcing bar. Clear Tekta and dichroic glass was hand cut and fused to create an open, lacy pattern reminiscent of the growth of sunflower seeds. Custom slumping forms allowed the glass lace to be shaped and installed within the steel armature. The blue/gold dichroic shift within the swirling glass is lovely.

Type of glass used: Bullseye clear Tekta and blue/gold dichroic

Type of kiln used: Olympic 186

United States

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