This project was an opportunity to combine several of my favorite elements into a one integrated design: the relationship of the sun and moon; the beautiful colors and chill of fall; the alchemy of wine. The skylight was commissioned to celebrate the birthday of the client’s husband. She wanted a design that would incorporate some of the vibe from the movie Brother Sun, Sister Moon as a nod to their two children and would also incorporate a love for wine as her husband is a Master Sommelier.
Because the panel will be viewed as a skylight and the dimensions are almost square, I decided to anchor the design on the diagonal. It has a medieval almanac feel to it as the rays of the sun grow wider as the seasons move toward summer. Within the raked blue glass of the moon, I kiln carved a flame and a soaring bird, calling to mind the light of Saint Claire and Saint Francis’ love for nature.
“De cep en verre” (from the vine stalk to the glass) is a phrase I came across while at a wine festival in Nolay, France. This project offered the chance to explore the cycle of the vine in design. The vine and leaves pass from spring to summer and on to fall ending with two glasses of wine in winter. The leaves were created by raking glass with the hues to express the seasons.
I kept the leaves as circles to reinforce the cyclical nature of the seasons, the sun and moon, and the process of making wine. The outline of grape leaves are kiln carved into the back of the leaf circles. The grape clusters were also created using raked blue, violet, plum and lavender glass with iridescent glass nuggets tack fused on the surface for depth.
Once all of the glass was cut, fused and wrapped in copper foil, I soldered the panel, framed it and secured it with re-bar going both horizontally and vertically. The panel will be suspended over people’s heads so it needed to be very stable. It was crated and shipped to the client’s home where it arrived safely ready for installation. She and her husband are both very pleased with the new addition to their home. Santé!