A small British studio glass bowl by Rachael Woodman in collaboration with Neil Wilkin from her "Bevelled Bowl" series. This was made in 1995. Diameter 12cm.
Rachel and Neil set up their first studio together in Bath, England in 1984 until 1987 and have worked in association together since then. In 1986 Rachel became designer for Dartington Crystal, Devon, England. She still produces work for exhibition.
This type of bowl brought Rachel into prominence in the studio glass world in the 1980's. It uses a combination of opaque and transparent glass and over the years she has tried out different colour combinations. There are four layers of glass, a central transparent orange and an opaque white core,then a thick clear glass layer and finally an opaque white outer surface which,on this example, she has etched (by sand blasting) a fine surface texture. This construction of layers uses the 'overfang' technique which involves two people blowing different coloured bubbles of glass. These two bubbles are then joined at one end and one bubble is folded over the other. When the top surface is polished the final piece then has the appearance of one bowl floating inside the other. This shot, however , is to try to show the delicate surface texture so the 'floating' effect is not as apparent. I will try to post a shot showing this soon. As with most glass photography different lighting shows different effects and therein lies the beauty of glass for me.