Carol Carson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New
York Institute of Technology in Westbury where she studied painting
and architecture. Her fused glass sculptures have enabled her to
combine her talent as a painter with her understanding of the three
dimensional format to create a bold, contemporary bodies of work.
Her figurative subjects are elongated abstractions of the human
form which she brings to life with drawings that have a great deal
of energy and confidence of line. Carol’s color palette is rich and
vibrant adding another dimension of excitement to her work.
Carol renders her energetic figures on clear sheet glass with
powdered glass paint, and then colors are added in the form of
frit, or crushed glass. Next she fires the piece to 1400 degrees,
fusing the painting to the glass. The firing and cooling process
takes two to three days. Then she starts the process all over
again, turning each piece over, drawing more imagery on the reverse
side, adding color and more layers of glass, and firing again.
These steps are carefully and methodically repeated several times,
each time turning the piece and building the sculpture three
dimensionally. This layering process gives depth, light and rich
color to the sculpture. After the final firing the piece is
carefully cold worked which involves grinding, smoothing and
polishing the edges.
Carol’s husband then painstakingly welds a base of steel to cradle
each piece, not only holding and protecting it, but enhancing the
images by making the steel an extension of the drawings.