Annealing 2017 Party
March 04, 2017
Annealing is an essential part in creating glass art, and also, key to its final formation. The raw materials are burnt at over 1,000 °C until they turn into molten glass, ready for formation. Then the annealing process begins by heating the formed glass, and then keeping it warm, first slowly cooling it and then quickly cooling it. While slowing the speed of cooling, it can relieve the residual stress within the glass. Though controllable, it takes time to finish the process. But what is really fascinating is that it is the unknown and uncertainty in annealing that bring an unpredictable life to the glass artwork.
Every sparkle between modern artists and glass is a renewal of glass art. For Shanghai Museum of Glass, our role in this is to slow the cooling of the sparkle, and relieve the “internal stress” of modern art to its minimum for presenting the art itself in its best possible form. We sincerely hope that in each year’s exhibition, we could present our audience with artwork infused with feelings and emotions, not just cold materials merely cooled down sitting on the platform. “Annealing” not only can bring the best out of the materials, but also keep the art alive and lead an infinite life. This is also the “annealing” that will be constantly found in us.