Turn hot glass into cool stuff!
3333 Lake Shore Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14219
Before starting a sculpture, Vicki researches each flower so her final creation is true to the flower's anatomy. She also conducts numerous color tests, layering varying solid and transparent glasses until she achieves the shadings she is seeking.
Vicki applies centuries-old flameworking techniques as she melts, manipulates, and blows rods of soda lime (aka "soft") glass in a propane and oxygen torch. She uses only simple tools like tweezers, a paring knife, and a small metal blow pipe.
Most of her flowers are made in sections. Each leaf, stem, petal, bud and blossom are made individually and are then joined together very carefully using a tiny flame. This is extremely challenging.
Once the piece has been completed, it goes through the final annealing process to remove thermal stress and increase durability.
Vicki then carefully selects a complementary piece of driftwood that she has collected from Lake Erie beaches and drills holes to accept the glass peg she has fashioned at the bottom of each component.
She signs her work at the bottom of the base by inserting a small glass medallion (murrini slice) containing her initials "VS."
Each of her sculptures is truly one-of-a-kind. Just as in nature, no two are ever identical. You can take pride in owning such a unique work of art.
Partially packed flower in its protective cocoon