Earth Loving Art – Desert Inspired Art from Recycled Glass

Earth Loving Art was spawned from the building of the bottle walls that I had found on Pinterest.bottlewalls3henry The wonderful generosity of my bottle donors for the project continued after the walls were completed and I couldn’t get myself to not to continue to accept bottles. bottle-stash Nor bring myself to throw them out!  Having worked in stained glass since I was in my twenties (a LOOONG time ago!) I had a lot of love and acumen for working with glass. Recycled glass was a new and exciting challenge. It came to me one day while enjoying the cactus I had purchased from an artist that had created one out of horseshoes, that it would look really cool if it were done in glass. glasscactushenryyard And there it began.  Since I have created more desert varieties including paddle cactuspaddlecactus2, ocotillos henrysusanglassocotillaand the bugs and garden gemsgarden-stake that live among them.  I also began journeying in to more modern pieces such as this swinging piece entitled “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swingbbque-front

 

The process involves cuttingmetal-sawrebar-benderhooded-upwelding-in-actionmodern-frame, bending and welding rebar to form the frame (as I call it) of the piece. The glass is then cut or shattered and fused onto a piece of float glass that has been cut to the size of the shapes formed with rebar. The pieces are then wired to the frame.

 

And on and on it goes, where it stops……I shudder to think!!  Come by the gallery in downtown Joshua Tree at 61877 Twentynine Palms Hwy and see the work in person – photos have a hard time capturing the true beauty of the shattered fused glass with the sun.  I’m happy to give any advice if you’d like to try the art yourself.

The bottle walls have become such a hit that I now carry the diamond bit you need to drill the holes in the bottles, (see them listed in “more stuff”.  I can also be coaxed(at $2.00 a bottle) into doing the drilling for you, along with providing the bottles with labels removed.  To get an idea of how many bottles you would need, the store front wall contains 120 bottles.ocotilla10It is about 4 feet high and 10 feet long.

Soon I will maintain a page of pieces for sale in the shop pricing ranging from $20 to $1,200.  I alway stock a good supply of bugs and garden stakes.   And of course, I would  be happy to do commissioned work.