Glass + Copper

As some of the oldest materials used by mankind, glass and copper have an interesting history together spanning back 4,000 years to ancient Egypt. By mixing copper carbonate with the basic ingredients for glass, ancient artisans could produce blue and green glasses and glazes- formulas that are still adapted for use today.

This work takes a fresh look at how these two materials can be combined by employing commercially available copper products to influence the form and function of the glass. Utilizing knowledge and parts from traditional boilermaking and plumbing trades, Iā€™m exploring how copper parts that come pre-made in exacting sizes can play against and with the relatively imprecise methods of hand forming glass.