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This cast block of glass has a void in the form of a face looks enthusiastically out of its home in the box. All the sides of the block are ground and polished so you can see the different angles of the face.

It measures just a hair under 6 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 2 inches deep. On sale from $150!

It is a sand cast piece, made using a sand core technique. I initially sculpted the face in out of clay, made a mold of that, and baked the mold with a special sand mix that solidified into a rigid sand cookie. I pressed a rectangular wood shape into a different kind of sand, placed the sculptural cookie in that shape, and poured molten glass in and covered the face with glass. The hot glass was annealed in a kiln for 4 days, and all the sand fell away. I then ground and polished the glass on the sides for clarity.

One thing I love about this piece is that when you view it from a side and slightly behind, you see the face and a mirror image of it internally reflected off the front surface. As a visual artist, I've always gotten really excited about simple optical wonders such as this.

Its a nice sturdy piece of figurative glass art that can stand on any of its sides. The space around the face has some orange colored glass frit that is rough and fused into the surface on the back. The rest of the glass is clear and will reflect and refract the colors surrounding it.

The slight tilt of the head and the facial expression show a nice curiosity and excitement for the world it witnesses.