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K. William LeQuier began to experiment with glass as a readily available material in the early 90s, layering plate glass and carving pieces with a sandblaster and diamond wheel. Though labor-intensive, LeQuier found the process intriguing, providing him with many possibilities. He abandoned this method and has only recently returned to it, inspired by it’s self-imposed challenges. “My work,” he writes, “is inspired by the drama of everyday events in the natural world where weather and time are catalysts for change.”

LeQuier received his Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut State College in 1975 and subsequently became an instructor there, later accepting a position at Penland School. His work is can be found in many collections, including that of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, and the American Glass Museum of Millville, New Jersey. His work has been shown across the U.S. in more than thirty exhibitions.

It all started in the mid-70s, where LeQuier started learning how to create glass vessels using the technique of glass blowing. After almost 20 years he began experimenting with sandblasted surface designs and carving glass into a myriad of textures using a sandblaster and a diamond saw. Unexpected and exciting results during the process of his work, led LeQuier in new directions of creating. The artist realized he could make multi-layered constructions that looked like free flowing strands of carved glass, after observing stacks of salvaged glass shelving.

His working process always starts with a rough sketch of the piece. After producing a template to scale, the artist has to carefully follow some steps.
Thin strips of adhesive rubber are arranged one at a time on each plate of glass. When the plate is sandblasted, the rubber acts as a resist.
The rest of the plate is cut away leaving only what was protected by the rubber.
When sanding is done, details are carved with a diamond tip.
Then the artist hand-makes the base and armature, on which the sculpture rests.
These sculpted works are renditions of natural works such as a wave crashing. “My work is inspired by the drama of everyday events in the natural world where weather and time are catalysts for change,” says the artist.

K. William LeQuier

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