‘Pate de verre’ is French for glass paste and is the technique of using crushed glass packed tightly into moulds and fused in the kiln. The resulting works are usually thin walled vessels or sculptures. Alison sometimes takes a mould directly off a fabric or garment, but this can destroy the material. The moulds can only be used once and these pieces have a high failure rate. To finish them she can sometimes spend many weeks sand blasting an individual piece.
3 pate de verre vessels created with reactive glasses and fine silver on a walnut plinth
H13 x W45 x D9cm