Last week I told you about my five favorite fused glass creations of 2013. Jay told me what made these five kiln-worked projects his picks for the year.
A couple years ago he had made a set of dinner plates in the same blue tones as his first square plate, which had sold so fast it’s a good thing I didn’t waste time photographing it. A couple admired the dinner plates while they were on display in March and asked if we could produce a similar set of smaller plates. Jay enjoyed the challenge of adapting a larger plate mold to produce the right size and shape of smaller plate, and with a little experimentation he resolved that. We shipped the completed set of “Seaforms” 8″-diameter plates to Philadelphia in May. They were to be the buyer’s 48th wedding anniversary gift to her husband. I imagine the couple celebrated in June by having a sandwich, salad, or dessert, or perhaps all three as a candle-lit tete-a-tete.
Another early 2013 project was destined to be a wedding gift for a New York City couple. After perusing their wedding registries online, I recommended using red, charcoal, and white as colors for a platter to coordinate with their china and accessories. Jay’s “rimations” style seemed to be a good fit, too. After testing the idea on one or two small projects, Jay created this dramatic 12″ x 17″ platter.
He named a second platter among his favorite projects of the year. Although he used the same “rimations” style, this platter has a very different effect than the earlier one. Mindful of its delicate color scheme and almost dreamy mood, Jay dubbed the platter “Flow Gently.” He’s happy that he achieved both nuance and “movement within the larger area” of the platter.
Jay put a twist on his “rimations” techniques when he created a little bowl that resembles a cone-shaped pinwheel. Primary colors of blue (turquoise), red, and yellow make the bowl lively. The way they funnel and swirl to the small base pulls a viewer’s eyes into the bowl. A happy buyer may be right now sliding a spoon into the bowl for a taste of vanilla ice cream, following the creamy contrast to the colorful eddy all the way to the bottom.
After achieving a variety of effects with his “rimations” overlays most of the year, Jay switched gears in December and tried one of my favorite design modes. He also used one of my favorite colors, Wedgewood blue, but he combined it with a dark sea blue against a background of greens. Playing with a new style is what Jay says made this project memorable. We dubbed the pasta bowl design “Seamist.”