|Project by Darrell Peart||posted 02-22-2012 12:28 AM||7081 views||40 times favorited||34 comments|
Yuki No Hana is Japanese for Snow Flower.
This design has been a pet / back burner project for several months. The pattern under the glass is 6-sided like a snow flake and there is an overall Japanese feel to the piece.
The fused glass was done by Doug Hansen, a local Seattle glass artist.
The idea is to see the snow flake pattern through the glass – it was difficult to get a photo that really illustrates this– so I removed the glass for one of the shots.
Thought I would update the text a bit. I submitted this design to the “Knock on Wood” competition at Bellevue Arts Museum and had to write an artists statement (see below) . I doubt if much will come of my submission – they are probably looking for stuff that is more ‘arty” this this – but gonna give it a try anyway….
Yuki No Hana is Japanese for “Flower of Snow”. The six –sided leg and support structure of this piece produces geometric shapes that radiate outwards in a snowflake fashion. Looking through the fused glass top, we see a snowflake pattern through a snowy lens.
If we can imagine designs as having genetic make-up, it could be said this piece has Japanese DNA. There is tension between the wood structure and the glass top. The leg structure of the design is very predictable and geometric. The precise angles produce repeating patterns. Its order is well defined. The fused glass on the other hand is all about dis-order. It is random and its shape can be barely held in check. It is unpredictable in nature. The dark wood is a warm substance and the glass is frosty and cold. The two materials appear to be in opposition to one another.
It is the “rafter tails” that bring the two elements together. Inspired by Greene & Greene architectural elements, they are the wooden pieces at the top of the leg structure that the glass rests upon. Acting as a barrier, they perform a function similar to a kitchen trivet. The trivet separates the hot dish from a cooler surface, ensuring that damage is not done. The rafter tails separate the cold glass from the warm wood. But they also reach out and cradle the glass as if protecting it, thus unifying the two opposing mediums.
-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop