For the past few months the artists at Master Craftsman Studio have been working on glass interior walls for a mixed use office building in Austin, Texas. The building is new construction, and the architects have contracted us to create custom colored and textured walls. Each panel measures 12 x 3 feet and was enameled by hand and textured using our custom molds. Once fired, strips of light reflecting dichroic glass were added in a contrasting color. To add depth, offset panels of clear were added to the back of each panel at a ninety degree angle. This is a great example of how art can be further integrated within architecture. MCS artist Charlie Scott-Smith has been working closely with Kenn von Roenn as well as the architects for the building to create these art glass panels.
We are also currently working on an installation for the Thomasville Public Library. The library Director, Nancy Tillinghast requested we use images of the native azaleas grown in this region. Artist Chris Horne will create three painted glass panels, each measuring thirty inches by four feet. This piece will be viewed from overhead and at a distance, so Chris has done it in a Monet style of soft focus rather than sharp realism. The effect is exactly what they wanted. This work is scheduled to be completed in early spring and an unveiling event will be scheduled and open to the public.
Our website, craft.fsu.edu, has been updated to include Kenn’s portfolio of architectural glass projects. We are very pleased to see the interest and support of our community for our new work, and look forward to sharing our next projects.