Gudawer Kalirai is in partnership with Jane Dorner who uses glass to make swirling colour gestures and to paint in light. Her technique allows the distortive qualities of the blowing, heating and shaping processes of glassmaking to add dynamism and depth. Gudawer’s work complements this by sensitively manipulating the colour, light and shape to reflect the already inherent interplay between intention and happenstance.
Jane starts with a pâte de verre embryo form made from a paste of coloured glass powders ‘painted’ into a pre-prepared plaster mould and then fired. The ‘canvas’ is opaline glass which gives a ghostly effect at the edges where the clear glass from the furnace interacts with the edge of the original. The embryo is picked up in the hotshop on a bubble of molten glass, encased in more glass, blown out and shaped.
Gudawer photographs the blown forms with a high quality digital camera and selects areas to create abstract compositions. He aims to retain the glass-like qualities of the image, while subtly using digital painting techniques.
The two artists worked through hundreds of images to come up with a print edition of 36 abstracts for their first Bubble Series.