How can we merge our passions for art with science and nature combined? It will be quite possible for Emily Williams to do just that. She has created delicate sculptures of organic life shapes like jelly fish, seaweed and coral. When cast under light, fragile veins and tentacles appear to ripple as if they are real.
Glass Seaweed detail
It’s amazing to see her working meticulously on the sculptures as to shape the rigid rod into incredibly complex webs of glass. She uses various media like cast metal, cast glass, welding and more. To work through her concept quickly she uses hand torch to mold the glass.
Jellyfish, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 15″ x 14″ x 14″
Her long career as an artist was morphed because of her childhood experiences, as young Williams learned that art, science and nature were completely commingled. This is what later influenced her artwork, a unique flame working glass.
As a child she observed her father paint, sculpt and also design. Actually, her father was a doctor. So she was commonly exposed to medical science. While she got the nature style from her grandparents who often took her to hike and feel the natural world.
Glass Petal, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 15″ x 12″ x 4″
For many years she worked in the figures because she was fascinated by human nervous system and human anatomy, which reminded her of father’s medical instruments. It seems that she already grew interests in making connections between visual art, science and the natural world even when she was very young.
She started her flame working glass only three years ago and her first sculpture was called Spun Head. She then created the head using 3 mm strands of glass. For her, it was a compulsory to create a 3D glass drawing of a head.
Nest, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 15″ x 20″ x 20″