Weaving With Glass
Artists Eric Markow and Thom Norris have taken color and texture play in weaving to a new level, and they "weave" with glass! From colorful kimonos to oversized feathers and three foot long “origami” cranes made from delicately woven “threads” of colored glass, Markow and Norris’s art is truly one-of-a-kind. Colors change as different colors, shapes, and thicknesses of glass, both opaque and transparent, are layered as warp and weft. The glass threads are expertly and tightly woven to create the delicate fabric that makes up the sculptures.
Prices for Markow and Norris’s works run in the thousands of dollars due to the delicate and painstaking process of creating each one. The pieces each take an average of six weeks of intensive work and around 200 hours of kiln time to finish.
If you have a kiln, experience working with glass, and a lot of patience you could always try your own glass-weaving projects. While Markow and Norris closely guard the secrets of their weaving, artist Sally Eyring has also woven glass, and has shared her technique on frequent Handwoven contributor Syne Mitchell’s website, Weavezine. Simply reading the amount of work that goes into Eyrings small woven dish will make you appreciate even more the large-scale masterpieces woven by Markow and Norris.