Sand Carving Glass Sinks

About a year ago I started sand carving glass sinks, painting and gold foiling. It’s funny how things go ‘full circle!’
When I first got interested in
Glass Art I took a sandblasting class. It was my introduction to this art form, starting way back in 1974!!
I’ve kept my interest and, quite frankly, love for this art form for all these years. After spending about ten years sandblasting myriads of glass panels, etc. I continued to sneek sand carving in all my glass making endeavors. I utilized this technique in the
Synagogue windows I made and in the Disney sculptures. I love Flash glass and frosting away one color and unearthing another with a pattern to boot was a compliment to the finished piece every time. I still think the Japanese ladies’ Kimonos, Obis and surround would not have been as effectual without the sandblasting on the flash glass.

Fast forward to the sinks and other panels I am creating. I LOVE IT!!! Painting some of the designs after blasting and then gold foiling the design has brought renewed excitement to me before, during and after the process.
Please feel free to order a design of your choice.
One of my ‘Shawn-isms ‘ is,
 ”A challenge is an inspiration.”
The floral design on the Kimonos  (picture below)was accomplished by gluing lace to the top layer of color and sandblasting an even blast until the lace pattern on the flash glass mimicked the design of the lace.  Flash glass is one color over another, like cameo glass. That’s probably one of the reason I love flash glass so much, because
I LOVE Cameos too! The bottom layer is exposed when you sandblast flash glass so you  expose one frosted color under another color.  The contrast is wonderful. Flash glass is usually  a color over clear so when you sandblast you will expose the clear, which  becomes frosted, against the top color of red, blue etc. In the Kimonos I used a streaky antique flash glass. One is purple over pink with an uneven thickness. This variance added more interest because the light filters through unevenly . It gives the glass added depth and it looks amazing! IMPRESSIVE. The picture that follows had to be scanned so it does not show the detail. Stay tunned for an updated, improved picture.

By the way, I made the solid Walnut doors framing the Japanese panels. They took me two years in adult night school. I took woodworking for many years. When I look at the furniture I’ve made I usually quip, “I made this!”