Wendy Saxon Brown Studio
Pate de Verre Cast Sculpture and Reliefs
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Rima in the Afternoon
17x14x8"
Bronze and Cast Glass
Reverse Reliefs

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Low Fire Reliefs
Stepping Out
30x15x12
The human figure, if done
well, speaks to the viewer in
a personal way. The figurative
sculpture mirrors us, our
habits, our thoughts, our
flaws, and our aspirations. It
is a symbol of us and
therefore the perfect vehicle
of communication for me. I
love sculpting the anatomy
into shapes that are exciting
and full of movement and
emotion. There are endless
possibilities and always
challenges. I love drawing
from life, in fact, I hire models
several times a week for both
drawing and sculpture. The
drawings are usually
incorporated into designs
that will be cast in glass.
The challenge of creating a
relief in glass should not be
underestimated. It is
necessary to sandwich a 3-D
object into a non-existent
space that hovers someplace
between a flat 2-D image and
something not quite 3-D.
There are unlimited
possibilities within this range
- from an extremely flat low
relief, such as the image on a
dime, to the nearly
full-sculpted figure in my pate
de verre pieces. There are no
rules or formulas to assist
the artist in the squashing of
three dimensions. The artist
creates an illusion of 3
dimensions, while employing
only some portion of those
dimension. The only rule I
follow is that, in the end, the
relief must be both believable
and beautiful.
The pate de verre are the most
challenging pieces of my career
to date. The aggressive use of
color along with the huge variety
of depth and form, pushes the
nature of glass to new
possibilities. The casting
process is “Pate de Verre” - due
to the combining of glass
particles (frit) to create the wide
palette of colors in these pieces.
The reliefs achieve multiple
colors by placing colored glass
frit in to each area, the density of
color is determined by its
thickness and the other colors
that surround or are layered on
top. Some are blended and
others have a pointillist effect.
The reverse reliefs have the
sculpture impressed in the back
with clear glass melted on top.
The colored frit is in the bottom
layer, the overall appearance is
that the relief is captured inside
the glass. The shapes and
forms of the sculpture are
modeled with reflective light so
that they naturally change with
the direction and color of the
light source. Because the reliefs
and reverse reliefs are so deep,
they naturally produce dramatic
highlights and shadows.

The 3D sculptures are cast
using the lost wax method
which is similar to bronze
casting, except the glass is
melted into the mold in the kiln,
and annealed for many weeks.
To achieve multiple colors in
this work requires the arduous
task of cutting up the wax so that
they can be cast separately, and
then fitting and  reassembling
them afterwards. Light affects
glass in many dramatic and
unexpected ways. Notice how a
backlit head will light the face, or
how bubbles create dimension.
Working on the wax.
Cleaning the mold after melting out the wax.
Creating the Piano artwork with clay.