Dogwood Glass Flowers Scuplture by Vicki Schneider. Flameworked soda lime glass, solid work on driftwood.
Measures Approximately 12.5″ H x 10.5″ W x 5″ D.
Flowering Dogwood is one of the most beautiful eastern North American trees with showy early spring flowers, red fruit, and scarlet autumn foliage. The hard wood is extremely shock-resistant and useful for making weaving-shuttles.
It is also made into spools, small pulleys, mallet heads, and jeweler's blocks. Native Americans used the aromatic bark and roots as a remedy for malaria and extracted a red dye from the roots.
Vicki Schneider Hot Glass Sculptor
Like our lives, glass presents us with a dichotomy: an entity that is strong while being fragile at the same time. Through my designs and execution, I strive for my work to illustrate these seemingly contradictory characteristics.
Adding a raw, earthy element, I mount my pieces on wood that has been ravaged by the forces of nature. Some might think driftwood would be an abrasive contrast to smooth, shiny glass, but I find its weathered appearance further enhances the beauty of my sculptures and adds a sense of permanence to each installation.
Working with glass presents many challenges, challenges I thrive on as I explore and push the limits of this mystifying medium. My current body of work, Mama’s Garden, preserves a brief moment in nature so others can appreciate it for a lifetime.