Polly Bradbury Designs
Glass & Metal
Having spent 8 years working in the commercial interior architecture field I decided to go back to school to study fine art at California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1992, upon graduating with honors, I received the George and Dorothy Saxe scholarship to Pilchuck Glass School in Washington.
In 1997 I cofounded Public Glass in San Francisco with other artists to create a studio where artists could come and use the facilities, take classes and share ideas. Shortly thereafter I started a family and put my career in art on hold but stayed “creative” by working part time as a residential interior designer.
In 2011 I started taking classes again at Civic Arts Education in Walnut Creek focusing on metal but the creative forces of working in glass kept calling me. I expanded my studio space to include two kilns to work with glass as well as metal working tools. In 2012 I was appointed to the Walnut Creek Arts Commission where I enjoy being able to have an influence on the direction public art and the arts programs take. As a teenager I took classes at Civic Arts and being part of that program was instrumental in shaping me as a future artist.
2014 was a banner year for me and my artwork. I decided to that making art was going to be a priority and once again started focusing on casting glass sculpture and exploring that side of my creative self.
Because the glass is transparent/translucent I have to be aware of the relationship between the outside and inside surfaces, shapes, and textures and how they all interact together. Seeing the exterior surface on the interior of the sculpture, and visa-verse, gives me another option to explore and allows the work to be multidimensional.
I am drawn to simple shapes. Shapes that are symbolic in ancient civilizations and speak to me on a subliminal level. Layered rock formations, rocks having been shaped by the water, fossils, shells, caverns, also fascinate and inspire me.
Kiln Formed Decorative Glass
Kiln forming glass allows me to capture the fluidity of the glass while it is melting, kind of a freeze frame snapshot.
I love the liquid quality to the artwork I create. Working with embedded metals and reactive glass make the pieces dynamic as a result of the surprise colors, shapes and texture that result from being fired together.
I usually begin the process of creating jewelry with a stone or a shape I am intrigued with. From there I develop textures and details that best exemplifies it.
My jewelry and metal arts truly magnifies and background in architecture my interest in the art deco movement.