The creative and technical processes are integral partners in the art making process. My creative efforts start with drawings, which are often influenced by historic research. Then I carve, and assemble templates that become a three dimensional palette. These shapes are pressed into specially prepared sand, to create a mold for glass casting. Molten glass is cast off a blown form into the mold.
The piece is cooled and removed from the mold, in the process destroying the mold. When the loose sand is removed it leaves a wonderful granular texture on the cast portion. The pieces are then reheated some are reshaped at this point to give a sense of the fluid nature of the material well others the molded shapes are maintained to create a more ridged form.
The pieces from this point on are guided by an "in the moment" response to the material and environment. The results are a contrast between the predefined notions of casting and the expressionist possibilities of glass blowing. My pieces draw on a multitude of sources including the visual language of architecture, the human figure, and cultural iconography. I often find new ideas in museums of ancient artifacts as well as books, magazines, and travel experiences.
Taking from many sources, shaking them up and putting them together to make them my own. The goal is to create ultra modern artifacts, individual objects that can enhances the living environment, questioning preconceived notions of material and time. These are many of the qualities I feel within my being and the artistic process is the way to share my appreciation of the human drama of this our short time on earth.
Critics have written about his work.... Like an orchestra conductor who turns raw musical notes into an exquisite symphony, Neal Drobnis transforms sand through a fiery evolution into works of art. My pieces draw on a multitude of sources including the visual language of nature, architecture, the figure, and cultural iconography.
The goal is to create ultra modern artifacts, individual objects that can enhance the human environment, questioning preconceived notions of material and time. This glass work is designed and made by Neal Drobnis in his studio in Rhode Island.Glass blowing is a collaborative process done with. Assistant with Equipment designed and made by the artist. Neal received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1983. His work is present in numerous public and private collections and is shown in galleries worldwide. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Decorative Cookware, Dinnerware & Serveware\Bowls". The seller is "franklin-the-fly" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Republic of Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam.