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David Wight Waves of Grace

January 27-29

EC Gallery Seaport Village San Diego, CA

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avid Wight’s glass sculp- tures portray the many as- pects of water in motion: the delicate and transpar- ent nature, as well as its

dramatic kinetics.

His creations seem alive, some appear- ing to have dragon heads or sea horse skulls at the apex of each wave. Be yond the transparency

heads s or sea horse

discover internal splashes of color ues — with- Look r an ster-

— reds, greens, blues — sometimes blended with- in the clear glass. L closely and discover an array of bubbles, master fully stretched, ma- nipulated and cap- tured forever.

Wight is constant-

ly exploring new tech- niques to turn molten glass into creations that depict the translucent and lively nature of water swirling as a wave cap- tured in time.

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new the

twisti r ap

“Water Dance” - Blue 10.5x11"

ater Dance” - Blue 10.5x11"


each wave. Be- ncy, one might ashes of color

They are simultaneously delicate and powerful. “The exuberance of playing in the water as a child is what I’m trying to con- vey into the world of glass and sculpture,” Wight explained.

“Glass is so transparent and fluid; to work with water and glass together seemed like a natural pairing,” he said. “I grew up water skiing and jet skiing and living on the water, so it seemed


e a na urattural paiiri wa

r ng, he said. I grew up

w ter skiing and jet skiing and living on the water, so it seemed

to be a natural progression to actually work with water through glass and try to capture that essence that I have loved so much in my childhood.”

sistants help bring the at the right temperatu time so that he can ut stretch and form the s s very much dance,” he sai sculp enou eels

it fas its s

Working with glass heated to 2,000 de- grees is a delicate process, as well as a precise and dangerous craft. Four to six as- sistants help bring the heated glass to him at the right temperature and at the right time so that he can utilize special tools to stretch and form the super-heated glass. “It’s very much a choreographed dance,” he said. “The idea is to sculpt the glass quick enough so it looks and f feels like water, to cool it fast enough so it holds its shape while keeping it hot enough so it doesn’t crack.”

Recently Wight has been creaing rectio

new styles, including the “rogue wave” series twisting in multiple di- rections, the “iceberg se-

ries,” and chandeliers

ries,” and even some waterfall chandeliers.

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