One day, during the process of packing a Plate Glass Vase, Sid gently laid the piece on its side. With this new viewing angle, he noticed a difference in the optical qualities of the light as it passed through color in the planar surface of the glass rather than just at the edge of the glass. So he flipped the bottom half of the vessel on its side and created the Vertical Vases design (VV). The larger surface area allows for more depth of field and painterly color landscapes. They are technically challenging, as the top and bottom of the circles making up the base need to be meticulously ground and polished before laminating to the top and base.
VV’s are crafted from 1/4" glass circles and alternating 1/2" glass bars that have each been cut, ground and polished. The round, lower section of the sculpture is first laminated together, then the top and bottom of the glass edges are ground and polished. The neck and base are then glued on one piece at a time.