Jerri Bartholomew

Cast Work


The process of glass casting is multistep, involving creation of molds from wax or clay forms. This allows for repetition of forms, and the opportunity to explore a subject in variation.


Home

In 2020, home had a special meaning. Because of the pandemic, home was a refuge and prison at the same time. Home protected us, but for those of us living in the woods it also made us vulnerable to the wildfires that swept the region. And home was a place where we watched the Black Lives Matter movement grow, erupting in protests against social injustice.


Home 2020: Haven, Refuge or Prison?

Cast glass, pate de verre, 2020


Choices

These headless female figurines represent the options we have and the choices we make.


Options

Lost wax cast glass, mixed media. 2019


Options in Blue

Lost wax cast glass, mixed media. 2019


Coddle

Definition: to treat tenderly.

´╗┐This series began at a workshop in Northlands, Scotland in 2018. During breaks we went to the beach, where I collected various rocks. The idea of tenderly enveloping something as dense and impermeable as a rock with clear, luminous glass appealed to me.


Rock Coddle 1

Lost wax glass cast, rock, 2018


Rock Coddle 2

´╗┐Lost wax glass cast, rock, 2018


Rock Coddle 3

Lost wax glass cast, rock, 2018


Nunsense

Where I grew up, the closest piano teacher lived in the convent. As a child, and non-Catholic, I was terrified of going there: the dark halls, shadowy sisters in the background, and the rumors told my Catholic friends. My teacher, Sister Margaret Anita, was stern and I never saw her smile, but she also never rapped my knuckles. Maybe my being a Protestant made that off limits. Who knows. I doubt it was because I played the piano so well. Over the years I've collected stories of experiences with nuns and this series has allowed me to share some of them.


Sister Petronella, Sister Margaret Anita, Sister Mary Andrew

Lost wax glass cast, 2019