Art

Knitting with Glass

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Your imagination runs wild at the thought of whether or not it is possible to “knit” with glass. How can glass be made into yarn when it has a melting point of around 1,500°F (815°C)? Seattle-based artist Carol Milne makes this possible by involving aspects of knitting, lost-wax casting, mold making, and kiln casting. It is through relentless experimentation that she has come up with this unique technique.

“I see my knitted work as metaphor for social structure. Individual strands are weak and brittle on their own, but deceptively strong when bound together. You can crack or break single threads without the whole structure falling apart. And even when the structure is broken, pieces remain bound together. The connections are what bring strength and integrity to the whole and what keeps it intact.”

Carol pushes the materials to their limits as she creates these beautiful yet technically challenging pieces.