Clear as Blue
This series of material samples illustrate a progression of glass recipes working towards transforming amber bottle glass into colorless glass. The amber glass recipe is intended to minimize internalized light in the bottle to avoid degradation of its contents. By transforming it into clear material, the glass’ utility will be removed. Endeavoring to understand the passage of light through glass, this process is particularly interesting. To make colorless glass the formula necessitates precisely what it denies: color. Particular metal oxides are used to cloak the minerals already present in the raw materials. The blue and green colors reveal the iron content present in the amber bottle recipe.
My decolorization project is a material analogy for the act of the researcher. I am both looking for what is missing (the invisible, the unseen) and looking at what abounds (what is so pervasive it is hard to attend to it), a cultural ‘blind spot’ as writer Celeste Olalquiaga might call it in The Researcher as Collector of Failed Goods.
These projects were made with support from the Creative Glass Center of American Fellowship Program at WheatonArts.