Richards & Richards: Glass, Light and Steel

Sabra Richards and her daughter Lynn Richards are featured in this Main Gallery exhibition. Sabra works in kiln-formed glass as her medium of sculpture. She starts with sheets of Bullseye Fusible Glass. Her method is very bold and direct. She chooses the color, individual ones and others layered to achieve other colors. She creates the design, adding and subtracting glass and, most importantly, adding cane and components made at the furnace, usually at the Corning Glass Museum. Sixteen pieces of glass, formed into a block, fired and then put into the furnace, turned and heated until malleable, and then “pulled” into the cane that you see in her work. Then she combines the finished glass with previously welded steel, or layers of metal or constructions for wall pieces. The process is long and involved and wonderful to do!

As a third generation artist and long-time urbanist and cyclist with degrees in environmental science, Lynn transforms streetscape elements into glass and steel sculptures. She has been working in glass for eight years and apprenticed under a master glass artist for more than 10 years. Over the past 30 years, Lynn has participated in a number of workshops in watercolor, print making, sketching, paper-making and glass, which has given her significant knowledge of different materials and design elements.