Pop Art


The purpose of this project was to replace a panel made from horrible cheap clear glass, which had been splashed on with white paint by someone who had no idea how to paint. It beggars belief that a workman would do such a thing.

Anyway, the client wanted to design the panel himself. Great. Here’s how it went.

I had a mountain of off-cuts, so we piled into them together and pulled out any piece that took our fancy. We shuffled them together, overlapping and all at odd angles. It was fun.

We decided to have a narrow border, and also liked the idea of spilling into and across the border whenever we had a nice piece of glass we wanted to bring to the fore.

Design anarchy!

Texture, colour and angles. We had many pieces of great glass to play with. pop1
Eventually the design settled down and I had to make some sense of it. Even though we can be free-spirited with our juxtapositioning of the glass during the exploration phase, I still had to come up with a very accurate cartoon.

I allowed the angles and curves to remain intact. So, the design wouldn’t become formal. I didn’t want to impose my own tendency to make everything symmetrical, for example.

Jump ahead to having put the piece together and here we see one of the final stages where I use talcum powder to dry up the cement. Just the cleaning up stage left to do. pop3
Wow! It looks great. Your eye dances over it looking for symmetry or a recognisable form, and there isn’t one. pop4
Here it is in situ. Lots of light behind it, making the textured glass sparkle and the colours reflect onto the kitchen walls. pop5
This was a really satisfying project because the client became very involved, the panel it was replacing was awful and the result is fantastic.

AND, because we used almost entirely off-cuts from previous projects it turned out to cost next to nothing to make.