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.