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NGG Gallery

The series of glass sculptures deals with the nostalgia of objects. Each part, I used as a model, was found in my travels, at flea markets and thrift stores, gifted to me or came from my collection of stuff. They all have their inherent history. Through a lost-wax casting process, I transfer the insignificant objects into delicate crystal keepsakes. Each vintage truck, serving as a vessel, hopefully, delivers a different thought on the subject of nostalgia in objects through color, form, and the load it bears. - Austin Norvell

The following sculptures are available through Habatat Gallery and Not Grandma's Glass.

Please Contact Regina at Habatat Gallery for Pricing.

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Not Grandma's Glass 2024
Habatat Detroit Fine Art

I am honored to be included in Habatat's NGG 2024 virtual program. An artist talk will be presented online and posted here. In addition, I plan to share several experimental techniques for casting glass with the assistance of custom-built machinery, complex core-casting molds and 3D scanning/ printing processes. Follow along here and on social media.

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Putting Things in Things:
Core Casting Glass

A few years ago, I began an exploration of core casting glass. The process results in a cast glass object with another object cast in the negative inside the first object. I started off by putting things in boxes. I have been traveling between the US and Europe working in glass casting studios, so the stuff I have been loading in the trucks is now safely in boxes. 

I'll be teaching this technique in a workshop at Pilchuck Glass School this summer!

3D Printing from a Modified 3D Scan to Cast in Glass

I'm experimenting with manipulating 3D scans of my work and then 3D printing those pieces to create a new body of work that shows more movement and expression. 

Photogrammetry Rig

I built this rig so that I could 3D scan any small object and use software to manipulate that object. I can shrink and enlarge objects as well as morph them in a number of ways. I can also use the rig to capture any sculpture and then present a virtual rendition of that sculpture to viewers online.

Basically, I take hundreds of photographs of the object from different angles. I then plug those photographs into a photogrammetry software that will stitch the images together into a virtual 3D object.

Brush On Silicone Mold for Rotocasting Wax

I typically cast the glass parts separately and slowly assemble the sculptures using a super strong museum-grade epoxy. I'm trying things a little differently for this one. Over the past year, I've been assembling wax parts and filling this model so that I can cast it in one piece. This completed mold will be rotocast with wax using a machine I specifically built for this process. This will create a hollow wax model that I can then cast in glass... hollow. Just a different way to do things.  

Inspiration: Flea Markets around the World