Syed Ahmad Works

My method is improvisational. The glass sheets I
have at hand and the image in my mind will do
their dance back and forth. The medium imposes
its will as much as the artist does. Immersed in
paradox, I allow for intentional accidents and
planned surprises. While the creative work is done
at room temperature, the final outcome is not
apparent until after the process of kiln-firing. The
improvised collage of glass is placed in a kiln and
fired to around 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. At this
temperature, the pieces of glass begin to flow and
fuse, blending shapes and colors. The colors I use
are from a specially coated dichroic glass, in which
color is created not from pigment but from a thin
film coating deposited onto the glass in a highly
technical industrial vacuum chamber. These
specialized “interference” colors were first
developed by the aerospace industry as an optical
filtering device having the property of splitting
white light into two opposing spectrums of color.
One is reflected, the other is passed through. The
process also selectively reinforces certain
wavelengths of light while interfering with other
wavelengths, thus the term “interference”. The
reinforced wavelengths are perceived by the
human eye as being highly saturated in color. The
dichroic’s interesting properties allow me to stack
the glass in many layers to achieve significant
visual depth in an essentially two dimensional
invite you to look deeply into the work, observing
the changing hues as you move across the piece,
engaging with glass as a living medium.