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The Beauty of Tension #45


Number 45 is an arrangement with three sides polished. The blue PRD in this one is from a crucible of colored glass we melted the last week of July 2022. It was first time we melted a colored glass in twenty years as a company. The clear interior striations are particularly unique and beautiful. On one side, there are PRD fragments trapped in the skin of the casting. The PRD has a bubble emerging from the head. This was created from a bubble within the PRD that escaped partially when put in molten glass and then froze when the glass cooled. There are only a limited number of these blue drops available, as we will no longer melt that color of glass.

Color:  Blue

Dimensions:3.5″ x 4″ x 2.5″

Polished Sides: 3

1 in stock


As a sculptor, an ever-expanding understanding of materials is critical in refining one’s ability to fluently translate ideas into expressive physical objects.  These solid works in glass capture a moment in time where a Prince Rupert drop while in a state of great tension is trapped in molten glass when the tail is snapped, and the tension released.  Due to the viscosity of the molten glass, the moment of this tension release is captured in time.  Once, the solid pieces are cooled, carved, and polished an unexpected beauty is revealed under the light of a polariscope which is a tool glass makers use to see stress in their glass wares.  The unique stresses captured in these pieces are all remarkably beautiful.  The surprise of beauty in tension revealed through creative experimentation and exploration is a main reason I love making art.  Part of this whole process of discovery was captured with the genius camera and talents of Destin Sandlin of Smarter Every Day – a YouTube channel that is exploratory in nature. The whole video is available HERE.

There are a limited number of these pieces, Beauty in Tension.  Each piece is signed and numbered by Cal Breed.  Included with each piece is a custom fit black wooden base and three polarizing film sheets to see the internal stresses of the glass.