“Compelled by the sea” is how glass artist Kammi Siemens describes her love of light, color and movement. Having worked with glass for more than 20 years, her inspirations have evolved over time. Years spent SCUBA diving around the world have honed her current focus on sculptures meant to evoke memories of an ocean reef in the waves.
Each glass reef sculpture is customized by color and size, meaning no two sculptures are the same. The glass elements inside are handmade and kiln-formed using Bullseye Glass, one of the best-known glass producers in the US. The array of textures between glass elements is a result of firing each piece at a different temperature, from 1250 for slumping, 1375 for tack fusing and 1475 for full fusing. The liquid inside is a clear, fine grade oil; it never has to be replaced or cleaned, does not evaporate, and uniquely refracts light and color –artistically conveying images of the ocean to each viewer.