Various iterations of amber bottle glass
On the shelf ‘Transparency in Which Certain Things are Crossed Out’ I have included origin materials such as bottles, molds, and chunks of industrial furnace glass. I am interested in bottle glass as it indicates, on a chemical level, a historic shift in labor. Previously molded by hand, many glasses are now engineered for machine blowing. For optimal performance the glass is designed to melt readily, to reduce the cost of running a furnace, and stiffen readily, so that it can set quickly in a mold. These unseen material qualities, small but forceful shifts intended for industrial scale production, are ubiquitous.
I made invisible the body of the bottle by isolating the mechanical seam line— pointing to the bottle’s moment of manufacture. The industrial operation of mold blowing, for which the glass recipe is designed, is evidenced by an extraction of this subtle line.