Aurora, Grant and Erin Garmezy
38” x 17” x 17”, hot sculpted furnace glass, lampworked borosilicate glass, steel, rock, 2015
Husband and wife team, Grant and Erin Garmezy, create collaborative glass works that depict animals and animal-inspired imagery adorned by botanicals. While Erin and Grant have been working together in the hotshop for over ten years, only recently have they begun to create truly collaborative pieces. Grant creates large animal-inspired sculptures in the hotshop using furnace glass, while Erin creates delicate botanical works on the flame using borosilicate glass. In short, Erin creates flora and Grant creates fauna. They are interested in honoring the complex relationship between the two subjects, as in nature they are simultaneously supported and destroyed by one another. In their work, Erin and Grant explore the cycle of life and death/ growth and decay.
It is rare that furnace workers and lampworkers collaborate, especially the combination of borosilicate and furnace glass. Erin and Grant have found a way to naturally combine their two works, and in the process have discovered that each enhances the other. While the subject matter is related, Grant and Erin’s processes, and the work created by those processes, are in great contrast. The weightiness of the furnace glass gives strength and ground to the lampworked components; the delicate lampworked botanicals provide a sense of movement and life. The teamwork required, and the large size that can be accomplished with furnace glass, is in stark contrast to the intimate process and tiny details that can be obtained with lampworked glass.
Aurora, is truly a one of a kind piece. Having only collaborated four times, Aurora by far is the largest. The legs have been hand hammered and blacksmithed to give a very realistic look. While Grant has sculpted a beautiful streamlined heron body that seamlessly sits upon them. Erin has created a beautiful branch of flowers that sits within the heron’s mouth. Each petal is made one at a time and then assembled hot on the torch. It took Grant and Erin over a year to complete and has been shown at some of the most High End Art Shows in the World.