Delores Taylor is a glass artist working in pâte de verre sculpture. Taylor is drawn to the glow of pate de verre where depending on the times of day, the illumination creates a changing experience of light and shadows through the glass. It is this juxtaposition of contrasting light that she see as metaphor for the multiple layers within the human condition. “I am interested in perception, paradox and the hidden or revealed elements within relationships”.
The art of pâte de verre has been invented, lost and rediscovered many times in history. In 1880 French archeologists translated ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics which sparked research into a glassy ceramic known as faience. This lead to several French artists reviving a lost art, their work in glass became known as pâte de verre.
Pâte de verre begins by designing and translating a drawing into clay or wax. A refractory mold of plaster and silica is then invested around the piece. The clay or wax is removed, the mold cleaned and then packed with numerous glass colors made into pastes for painting into the mold. Under precise firing temperatures the work is fired in a kiln, then timed to the minute to get the desired texture and finish.
Taylor’s inspiration comes from ancient Asian and Near East ceramics. Her works in numerous methods of pâte de verre using bas relief, sintered and multiple part molds to create vessels and figurative sculpture.