Whale by Rose Rinker
The tree is made from copper with glass "leaves" individually fused onto the tips of the copper branches. I use a small torch and tiny strings of glass to attach the glass to each piece of copper wire. The whale is hot-sculpted glass, which I acid etched to create the finish. The blue sea is a slab of glass that I "cold-worked" into a disk, which involved cutting with a tile saw and then grinding and polishing with diamond wheels. I used a bell jar that I found at a thrift store, and refinished the wooden base.
The piece to me represents how nature continually adapts to the changing world, through the magic of evolution, and it will always persevere in some form. Personally, it is symbolic of my perseverance through all of the changes in my life, to continue to make art and satisfy the intrinsic urge to create. The grand old oak trees in Calaveras County are a symbol of perseverance for me, and are an inspiration for much of my work. To try to capture the years of growth, the ebb and flow of the world around it, in one image.
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