A Celebration of Sand

This project was self initiated while working at Axolotl, who’s production facilities include a glass forming kiln. Through extended, informal discussion with the in-house glass technician Dutch glass artist Hans DeKeyser, I wanted to further understand the point at which heated glass softens, and becomes elastic.

The plates’ form is a direct response to the sandstone erosion patterns that is are so iconic to the Sydney coastline. Using a combination of slump forming, into the glass kiln’s sand bed, and sand-blasting to soften the form, it is as if the plate had spent years tumbling through the ocean foor and were discovered on a beach in that way.

In this sense, I do not feel that I designed this collection of plates, but rather uncovered a story that told itself, with each process and design decision, already being made before I realised.

materials : reused scrap glass.

This project was entered in the Cult x Mercedes Benz Design award, and was awarded an Honourable Mention. Broadsheet has since published the piece, click here for the full article.

All images shot by Steven Woodburn for Broadsheet

2019