I’d like to take a moment to recognize the artistic work of the Crystal Chain Gang, a cast glass team of Leanne Williams and Jim Dennison. They are, admittedly, good friends of mine, and I worked in their studio during my time in New Zealand a few years ago, but I also think their work is fantastic. It’s what drew me to them in the first place, and it keeps getting better and better.
Crystal Chain Gang produces most of their pieces through the labor intensive process of cast glass, which involves clay and wax sculpting, molding wax in rubber, plaster molding, kiln casting, and finishing by sawing, grinding, sanding and treating. And part or all of this work can be done only to yield a broken disappointment. It is truly a labor of love, and it can produce incredible results.
The duo has a playful but striking aesthetic, and have become well-loved in their home country. See more of their work here.