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#22 David Herbert


cast crystal glass with steel base
45 x 18 x 18cm

The complex form of the moulded polystyrene packing material lends a great variation in depth of colour and light passing through the lead crystal glass.

With a propensity for gleaning and hoarding, utilising found objects in my work is a natural motivation.  Polystyrene has a unique grain whose texture is captured in the casting process, with the quality of an artificial skin. This texture creates a tension between the surface detail and the cast crystal medium.  Like preserving an endangered species, polystyrene forms are no longer produced as a packing material, having been replaced by compressed cardboard, so I record their form and texture in a more  durable, though fragile material.  Polystyrene is regarded as a polluting material, so I take satisfaction in transforming it into an object of beauty.

Herbert holds a Bachelor of Ceramic Design from Monash Uni and has run his glass practice based in Melbourne and now the Grampians for over 20 years. He has exhibited in VIC, NSW, SA and WA.

This work is exhibited as a Finalist in the Victorian Craft Awards at:
Craft, 31 Flinders Lane Melbourne

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