Making art as part of a collaborative community is an ever-changing, unpredictable, and always inspiring process. In this series, we celebrate the unexpected outcomes of studio mishaps and coincidences.
Terry Israelson has a distinctive glass art style: He takes disparate types of glass and uses glass “stitches” to tie them together into a single, unified piece.
This technique suits itself perfectly to the fundamentally unpredictable nature of working with glass, as Pilisa Rainbow Lady discovered when she experienced an unexpected setback while making a personal piece.
Pilisa was working on a 12 x 12 inch backsplash, a set of two tiles intended for her bathroom at home. But when she put the pieces in the kiln to be fired, something unpredictable happened: one of the tiles split in half in the kiln.
When working in glass, these events are relatively common. “You never know what you’re going to get when you open the kiln door” says Pilisa.
Pilisa had been trying to figure out what to do with the broken piece, when inspiration struck Terry. He grabbed the pieces and started working with them, using his “stitch work” technique to join the broken pieces together.
He turned this into a bowl, a perfectly imperfect statement piece for the home – and a wonderful example of creativity in motion.
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