Gossamer gills from translucent polymer

These polymer color chips scattered around Seth Savarick’s work area look like beach glass or Italian ice. They’re what Seth calls his “gossamer gills” and to create shapes he stacks paper-thin multicolor layers of the baked translucent clay.

It’s hard to explain (especially late at night). Here are a few pictures of his collaboration with Robert Dancik who created the metal boat shapes that Seth is filling with his glass-like gills. His almost micro-mosaic technique is alluring. I find myself wondering about the possibility of faux beach glass. Anybody tried?

You can catch up with Seth at Arrowmont this fall where he’ll be teaching the inro techniques he’s most known for.

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  • reply Melinda Hayes ,

    Wow! Those do look like beach glass. HMMM.

    • reply jana ,

      Cool beach glass, Seth — looking forward to seeing what you continue to do with this technique (post some pictures!). I love beach glass and have thought I’d like to try and replicate it in clay but haven’t attempted it…you’ve nailed it beautifully! How I would love to sit and experiment with clay (and gab!) with one of my favorite polymer artists — congrats on the feature.

      Hoping all of you continue to have a wonderful time — sounds (and looks!) like pure heaven.

      • reply Anita Brandon ,

        Beautiful delicate “gossamer gills” colors. The pieces done in collaboration with Robert look to be very intriguing. Sure hope that we’ll be seeing pictures of the finished pieces!

        • reply JAN MONTARSI ,

          YOU FOLKS MUST BE HAVING A BLAST.

          SETH YOU MUST BE HAVING A SANDBLAST THE BEACH GLASS LOOKS BEAUTIFUL – HOPE TO SEE MORE !!

          • reply Kathleen DeQuence Anderson ,

            The collective unconscious is eerily mind bending! For several months I’ve been thinking to replicate frosted glass with hints of color in translucent clay–worked out some sample droplets two days ago. Or maybe it is the work of glass jewelry artist Donald Friedlich that started my thoughts churning. Anyway, it’s fun to see what Robert and Seth are working through! Can’t wait to see the finished product(s) of this collaboration. Cynthia, will you post pics?

            • reply Randee M Ketzel ,

              So glad to see that seth is teachin his inro–he is the standard for excellence, after all!
              I love these..but then I am a sucker for beach glass 🙂

              • reply Meisha ,

                Beautiful, soft subtle colors are so soothing. I love the juxtaposition of Seth’s glass-like gills with Robert’s boat shapes. In my earlier post, I neglected to say how wonderful it must be to have such a diverse line up of artist to share and explore with. So many distinctly individual attitudes and techniques among this group. I’ll say it again, with this group, the outcome of this venture can’t help but be special. So envious of this creative group experience. HAVE FUN!!!!

                *on a side note – Sarah’s pictures (ala charlie’s angels) were hilarious.

                • reply Kathleen DeQuence Anderson ,

                  The collective unconscious is eerily mind bending! For several months I’ve been thinking to replicate frosted glass using hints of color in translucent clay. Maybe it is the work of glass jewelry artist Donald Friedlich that started my thought churning. It’s fun to see what Dancik and Saverck are working through! Cynthia, will you post pics?

                  • reply Heather ,

                    I love beach glass, and when I lived near the ocean spent a lot of time collecting it. I have a jar with some favorite pieces in it from back on the East Coast. I would love to try this. Isn’t collaboration inspiring? It pushes people to new heights of creativity. Love that!!

                    • reply Barbara ,

                      These sure like like beach glass to me! They are really lovely!

                      • reply Dolly Madison Designs ,

                        I thought they were beach glass! I LOVE beach glass. 😀 I collect it, but it’s hard to come by around here.

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