In 2006, Carol Milan, the famous Canadian sculptor on the glass asked: «How did you think of making knitted things from the glass?» She smiled and proudly said: «Knitting is not cool yet, but a knitting glass is a million years old!».
But if you bother the film by 35 years ago, when a little Carol asked who she wanted to become when he would grow up, the girl frowning Lobik and timidly clutched: «Shadovnik».
Since childhood, Carol loved nature, greens, flowers, beds. The parisader at her family house was the most beautiful all over the street (if not in the city). After graduating from the school, the girl did not even arise where to go to learn further.
Of course on the landscape designer!
For four years she spent on learning this skill. We successfully graduated from the university, she was referred to a successful career on the elected field. Still, graduation work on the planning of urban territory was immediately bought for quite decent money.
Only the next day after receiving a diploma, the girl went to study in graduate school on the sculptor. Successfully defended his master’s thesis. She was offered a well-paid job in one of the workshops. And she went to learn to Masters-Glass and … disappeared.
Carol disappeared. It was not known about her anything! The future star of landscape design and sculpture disappeared. And in 2006, she presented her collection of knitted things … from glass. They say when the first critic saw the exposition of knitted glass, he could not hold back curses. He thought he was trying to deceive and slipped instead of glass plastic.
But it really was glass. Knitted glass. An expertise was appointed, which was present when creating a new masterpiece from Carol. Inspective experts step by step repeated the creation of a thing with the craftswoman, after which they left the workshop, soaking their own, ready to break away from surprise, repka.
Carol combined incompatible.
Work on the knitted thing begins with jewelry wax, which is pulled out in the «wire» of the desired diameter.
After that, the wax yarn is wound on the plastic tube and the rings are the springs.
Then the turns of one «springs» are inserted into the coils of another springs and the knitted things are obtained.
The finished product from wax carefully, in a grammouth, on the droplet, poured … plaster … and will dry very long. When the plaster completely dry out, it is heated on fire, the wax melts and follows.
Instead, a thin flower, observing the desired color sequence, fall asleep fine glass crumb (frit). After that, all this is welcome to a large oven.
The furnace is heated to a very high temperature (more than 1250 degrees). Much higher than that we use in your workshop (860 degrees). And then it cools up for a very long time — from three days to two weeks.
When everything was cooled, the master starts to the most painstaking work — glass washing from the gypsum. According to statistics, every second job is broken and everything has to be done again.
You just imagine!
Each looper is manually needed to wash, clean from the gypsum, then refill. These looping may be several tens of thousands. Some work is cleaned only under the magnifying glass — so thin in them loops. In truth, only female hands can do such a painstaking job!
What to say? Carol Miln did not in vain spent 16 long years on experiments. Her works became a «bomb», which exploded the community of glass-powder masters. From 2006 to 2010, she took all possible awards for masters working with glass. Her sculptures are in private collections and state museums.
These socks, for example, decorate one of the premises of the Main Office of Amazon. A knitted kettle was purchased by an unknown collector from Japan in the amount of 1,000,000 dollars. So she earned his million on knitted glass.
Today Carol is actively engaged in teaching activities. She has many students, followers. Every year in Canada and the United States, a competition for the most beautiful knitted glass made of glass is held. The main judge in the jury, of course, Carol Miln. Several times it was that the first place was not she. Competition makes masters do not stand still, move forward. Well, we wish her good luck and further creative success!
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