ARTISTS

Alissa Faber

American, b. 1987 Delanson, NY, based in Burlington, VT

About Alissa Faber

Alissa Faber 

Blackened Timber Series: Branch

2017

Blown glass, found wood coated in poly whey, concrete 

13.5 x 9.5 x 7 in

$450

Alissa Faber 

Blackened Timber Series: Bough

2017

Blown glass, found wood coated in poly whey, concrete 

6 x 4.5 x 9 in

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Alissa Faber 

Blackened Timber Series: Branch Fork

2017

Blown glass, found wood coated in poly whey, concrete 

7 x 8 x 8 in

$450

Alissa Faber 

Blackened Timber Series: Branch Burl

2017

Blown glass, found wood coated in poly whey, concrete 

6 x 9.5 x 7.5 in

$350

Alissa Faber 

Blackened Timber Series: Branch Root

2017

Blown glass, found wood coated in poly whey, concrete 

14 x 18 x 11 in

$550

Artist’s Statement 

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I see beauty and opportunity in a forest’s cycle of decay. I love the angles of broken branches, the texture of rotting stumps, and the shape of burls. I use hot glass to expose this elegance and highlight a piece of nature often overlooked. I love watching molten glass move and take shape through the process. I seek to capture the movement I witness in the final form. 

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Wooden molds have been used for centuries in the art and craft of glassblowing. Glassblowers use wooden blocks to move the molten material into symmetrical shapes for even expansion. Wooden molds have been used in production settings to create consistent shapes and to increase speed and quantity of glassware. By using found wood as my mold, I am creating glass vessels with a one-of-a-kind foot. 

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These mixed media sculptures continue to evolve beyond the forest and each material can not exist without the other. The process is highlighted in the shape, texture and dimension of each glass form. I am enchanted with the process and movement of hot glass, but I am most curious about the outcomes of pushing this molten material to its limits. 

-Alissa Faber

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Biography

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Alissa Faber works with blown glass in the tradition of using wooden molds to shape the hot material.  Faber finds a narrative in the wood she uses to mould her glass, preserving decaying tree branches and burls found in the forrest.  

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The elegance and textures the artist finds in these pieces of wood are highlighted by the movement of glass vessels blown to flow over them.  The final work becomes a sculpture incorporating the found wood mould as part of its expression, preserved movement, and unique use of materials.

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