Item No. 2116
After researching cyclones for our cane glass series, I discovered a surprising arctic weather phenomena that inspired a new design.
By combining carbonate powder with molten glass we were able to generate a profusion of bubbles while retaining the snowy white appearance needed for a new series of arctic designs.
The carbonate technique produces a finished sculpture that responds brilliantly when illuminated internally.
Cyclones are normally associated with the tropics, so I was surprised to discover they also occur in the polar regions.
The second image on the left is an Arctic Cyclone off the southeast coast of Iceland.
These low pressure systems are 600 to 1,200 miles in diameter with strong winds that last one to two days.
Unlike tropical cyclones they develop extremely rapidly, reaching peak intensity with near hurricane force winds within 24 hours.