Thursday, September 24, 2015

How it's Made : Colorblock Glass Wall Clock

Inspired by Mid-Century objects and architecture like Eames chairs and the iconic atomic light fixtures, our Colorblock Glass Wall Clock celebrates the fabulous simplistic designs this period introduced. Combining form and function was a key component in this modern movement, so a clock is the perfect medium!

The nature of sheet glass doesn’t lend itself to intricate cuts, forcing simple elegant design, as each and every piece is cut by hand. Clean lines and a subtle palette seemed to suit this particular clock and several resources were referred to when finalizing colors. 

Every design starts on paper, first drawn as a thumbnail sketch, then drawn full size, until a sense of balance and harmony of color and shape is reached. Several glass prototypes follow, reworking shapes or colors until it’s perfect. Patterns of the shapes are made to use as guides so each piece is consistent and fits. 

Then every color is cut by hand out of flat sheet glass (similar to window glass). Some shapes overlap to create additional colors much like a watercolor painting. Once the glass pieces are in place, the clock is carefully taken to the kiln & fired at 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. Most firings take over 20 hours to complete and cool. Opening the kiln prematurely can result in shocking the glass, causing it to break. After firing, a hole is drilled and the clock is assembled and signed. Every clock is then hung on the wall and tested before shipping out.

Click here to purchase one of our beautiful, handmade Colorblock Glass Wall Clocks.

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