Art sometimes takes on bizarre forms, such as the very talented glassblower Elliot Walker, who has worked with glass for more than five years, and recently received a master’s degree in applied arts from the University of Wolverhampton.
Elliot is one of the few glass blowers in the world who focus exclusively on figurative sculpture. Sculpture in molten glass is known as the Oil technique, and working in this way requires extreme dexterity, speed, and precise temperature control.
“The process itself is very physically and mentally challenging. Once you begin a piece you have to see it through to the end in one session. You are exposed to temperatures of over 1000 degrees and the process of coaxing a complex form out of the liquid glass is unlike working with any other material. The pieces are not cast, carved or ground into shape, but modelled from a cooling liquid so that until the very last second the sculpture is a moving living entity, frozen in time as the glass sets.”