Typically, we peer through the glass in telescopes, binoculars, eyeglasses, microscopes, and more to carefully examine everything from microbes to distant galaxies. But the same refractive and light-bending characteristics that bring the universe into focus can also reflect light in beautiful and unique ways.
That’s why artist Aleksandra Kuczynska uses glass for her sculptures. In fact, she tells that glass’ distinctive attribute — its ability to modify light — inspires her and enriches her creativity. Kuczynska manipulates the qualities of glass that affect light — luminosity, clarity, transparency, color, and opacity — as it passes through the sculptures to create her own style.
The collection of OPTICA was created with the use of cold glass techniques. That means water is the source of energy that allows her to shape that resistance but at the same time very delicate material.
Cold techniques are one of the most time-consuming. It involves working with glass while it’s in its raw or annealed state. The artist uses a variety of methods, including sandblasting, cutting, grinding, polishing and engraving to create a unique piece of art. It is a very demanding process where precision, care, and patience are the main attitudes that need to be performed.