RACHEL HOATH – FUSED AND CAST GLASS ARTIST
I find I am constantly influenced by many unrelated things:~ Architecture, nature, light, colour. Also the painters of the early 19th Century including, Matisse, Van Gogh, Klee, Kandinsky and Mondrian. I often feel that I am not working with glass, but with light and colour as a painter might.
I have recently been delving into the world of Glass Casting, and am currently exploring themes of the sea, and solitude. I am working on a series of ‘Net Huts’, as well as other ‘ sea, and nature related pieces. The process for my cast glass pieces is many faceted. Firstly I make a clay or wax model, then a plaster mould with a ‘special’ mix for strength. Once the clay/wax is removed from the mould it has to be dried completely, which depending on its size, can take several weeks. Once dry, the mould is filled with my glass of choice and fired at temperatures in excess of 800c, and because of the nature of glass this can be many days in the kiln. Once cool the pieces have to be cold worked.
I teach fused glass workshops from my Garden studio in Bexhill