Joy Ride Painted Dome
The image is based on the Vickers Fb 9 first world war plane that my Grandfather flew in. I made a cardboard model for the drawings and added some of my kinaesthetic drawing (blind contour drawings made while walking).
I have some old photos my Grandfather took and one shows one of these planes and is entitled "My First Joy Ride". He survived WW1 and was still in the British Air Force in WW2.
The blank is blown with a coloured centre and then sandblasted and painted which takes a few weeks. I use 3 or 4 layers of Paradise Glass paint. The painted blank is heated up slowly overnight and picked up on a blowing iron. I then heat it in the glory hole to fuse the paint into glass and then gather one or two layers of clear glass over the top. Then it is blown and shaped. This particular piece is one of the largest I have made and had the help of two burly assistants.The base is made of recycled timber that I turned myself.