Neon Lab

This gallery contains images of some of my experimental work at the Corning Museum of Glass.

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This sculpture (filled with neon gas) was created by a multi step process. First, the head and hands were sculpted in clay. Plaster molds were then made from the clay positives and allowed to dry. The next day, molten glass was blown into the molds to create new hollow positives. These pieces were later assembled into a figure and filled with neon.
View of the flameworking studio
These forms are ready to be filled with gas. Some of the sculptures are coated with an internal layer of phosphor powder. When the forms are electrified, the phosphor powders can create colorful effects.
View of the filling station and kiln. Forms can be filled with neon (red), argon (blue), xenon (white, aka "plasma"), or krypton (green). The glass bulb on the right contains the noble gas.
Detail of filling station
Form created with tubing only
Filling a sculpture with gas is a very delicate and complex procedure.
This sculpture is coated with phosphor powder and filled with argon. The electrode on the bottom is clipped to a transformer and the piece is allowed to "burn in" and become very bright.
Peaceful Dreamer
Neon and argon sculptures with phosphor powders
More sculptures
Happy girls from Sweden and Portugal
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