Internationally renowned glass artist Sallie Portnoy has joined together with ecological artist Trypheyna McShane to bring you this unique and exquisite way to honour and stay close to your loved ones, who have been cremated. Cast glass sculpture, both kiln fired and hot cast from the furnace, is Sallie’s specialty. She also works in clay, bronze, cement and polystyrene dependant upon the project. Sallie says: “Inspiration is a mystery to me. What I create surprises and excites me and offers a window into deep experiences of consciousness. My creative output filters through my fascination with human nature, the physical form, psychology, mysticism and the enigmas of ritual.”
Glass – An alchemist‘s dream.
“There is something about this material that is alive. Before being melted it is pure silica sand, after melting it is glass and it will be glass forever – there is an alchemy in this process,”
Glass is made from sand, silica, the simplest, most humble and abundant mineral material on our planet. Sand symbolically expresses the vastness of our Universe, both internally and externally. For every grain of sand on our beaches and deserts there are billions of stars in the sky. Matching, externally, these billions of galaxies internally, inside our bodies, there are also billions of atoms.
Nobody knows when the ability to turn sand into glass came about. The theory is that around five millennia ago a fire was created on a beach or in the desert, and little pieces of glass were later discovered buried in the sand. It is fascinating to know lightening can also turn sand to glass, because temperatures are so high.
The glass for your angels is heated in a furnace inside a mould. Once molten it can be worked. At this stage it looks like honey. It has to be worked quickly, because as it cools it becomes hard. Then it is ‘annealed’ which eliminates areas of stress in the glass to strengthen it, by cooling it down at controlled temperatures. The angels are then hand worked with love before they fly to you.