Sculpture 9 - Four Season by Don & Ellen Ljung
Artists: Don & Ellen Ljung
Material: Cast Glass & Powder-coated Metal
Four cast glass panels [Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring, in that order] that are 12"x12"x7/16" thick, set in a custom powder-coated metal frame and base.
Partners in life for over four decades, Don and Ellen Ljung find their skills and style to be complementary in their work with glass. They have a studio in their home with three kilns. They work collaboratively, and Ellen's expertise in color is matched by Don's expertise with the kilns as they experiment with new ways to design with glass. Together they create serving pieces, art panels, sculpture, and wall art using the brilliant colors and wide range of light diffusion and reflection of glass.
Fusing and casting glass allows Don and Ellen to explore the attributes of natural elements, combining color, shape, and texture in unusual ways. Although they use a wide range of colors, their work tends to feature the rich blues and greens they see in wilderness kayaking and the rich hues of fall foliage. Always seeking new visions for materials and design, they employ inclusions of dichoric glass, metals, handmade frit, pattern bars, and glass swirls made over a torch, as well as sandblasting, to distinguish their pieces. Their international travel and frequent visits to art museums have shaped their design aesthetic.