So there’s toughened, coloured, etched, frosted, mottled, and streaky and so the list goes on. In case you hadn’t realised we are talking glass – and not just the single or double glazed options that we spend hours gazing out of whilst at the kitchen sink – although that of course does also serve a good purpose.
When used correctly, glass can add a whole new dimension to a sculptural piece. It can soften the appearance and can take the user experience to an interesting new level. Carefully placed glass elements can totally change a sculptures look and feel. When caught by the morning sun or dramatic sunset streams of light bound and reflect creating a completely different mood and atmosphere.
Some of Chris Brammall’s most recognised specialist fabrication projects have been manufactured incorporating the use of glass. We were fortunate to work with Stephen Broadbent at Broadbent Studio on Sunderland’s Keel Square – a new city square with integrated artwork which honours 600 years of shipbuilding, and the unsung heroes of Sunderland who – through the building of ships – built a city. ‘Propellers of the City’ features 3.5m diameter glass inlayed with 500 shipyard photographs which were collected through an active engagement process with former shipyard workers and their families.
Sunderland Propeller - Keel Square
Lives Lived Lives Lost at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield is another sculpture by Stephen Broadbent (design development, fabrication and installation by Chris Brammall) which uses glass to great effect.
The National Mining Museum for England, Wakefield
More recently we had the pleasure of creating a bespoke balustrade for a private residence in Cumbria. Designed by Chris, the balustrade mirrors the rooftops of the adjacent town houses – chimney pots and all – and is finished with carefully selected coloured, streaky and streamed glass to add a decorative element.
Across the water in the Isle of Man, the glass used in the Knockaloe Sculpture designed by artist Angela Patchett (design development, fabrication and installation by Chris Brammall) has a much more personal tone as the striking glass ball – previously used as part of a fisherman’s net float - was owned by Chris’s grandma.
And not forgetting the beautiful restoration project at Claife Heights, Windermere for the National Trust which has fast become one of the most photographed Chris Brammall projects – I don’t think we need explain why.
Claife Heights, Windermere
If you’re looking for inspiration for your next design or architectural project and are considering glass as a complimentary material to traditional metalwork why not get in touch with us. Suddenly those ideas you have might just become clear with a bit of expert guidance – or should that be etched, coloured, streaky.