Exquisite sandcast glass shoes by Kasia Czarnota
A set of little girls and boys shoes were filled with plaster and molded/shaped so that the forms were full. The shoes were then pressed into a bed of specially prepared sand. Removing the shoes very carefully, Kasia then filled the sand mold with molten clear glass. Coloured glass powders were then applied to the bottom of the shoes. You can see remnants of the sand left on the shoes –almost as if the child was at the beach or in the park. The colours give the works depth. The texture is reminiscent of candy (gum drops).
In my sculptures, I am working from a melding of factual memory and childhood fantasy. From jumping in puddles to hiding in grandmother’s raspberry bushes and flower gardens, I am inspired by the tiny little moments that make up a day in a child’s life and the interpretations of the new things that have been encountered from a child’s perspective. The ideas are made cohesive by the central themes of family and history. While we all come from a diverse set of experiences and desires we are unified by our family; we come together in our relationships, our common need for love, growth and a life lived in harmony with those around us.
Kasia Czarnota is a sculptor concentrating primarily in the mediums of kiln cast and blown glass. Working from a melding of factual memory and childhood fantasy, she is inspired by the tiny moments that make up a day in a child’s life. The ideas are made cohesive by the central themes of family, history, youth and fragility. Kasia’s sculptural practice involves image and object manipulation that play with glass’ various qualities including granular delicacy on one level and its unique transparency on the other. An award winning artist, Kasia’s work was most recently exhibited at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea.
Other examples of Kasia’s extraordinary work – very spring-like on this rainy day:
Dimensions: 18 cm h x 8 cm w x 15cm d (each)
Medium/ Technique: kiln cast crystal, hollow core form mold technique
Dimensions: 41 cm h x 51 cm w x 35 cm d
Medium/ Technique: kiln cast crystal, hollow core mold technique
Image Source for above two works: www.craft.on.ca