I work in kiln-cast glass, using various moulding techniques to make the forms and moulds in which I cast my glass. My current work is mainly in optical glass because I like its purity. Firings are long, three weeks is typical, so I can get thickness and depth. When the piece comes out of the kiln it is only the start of the making process. There is much cold-work to be done, grinding, polishing, and sandblasting. The pieces evolve and change at this stage as I respond to what has come out of the kiln. Chance plays its part. The tension between what is planned and controlled and what is unexpected can be both creative and disastrous. I don’t open the kiln if I am having a bad day. The quality I am after is elusive, impossible to describe, but I know it when I see it.’
Colin Reid specializes in kiln-cast glass subsequently cold-worked through grinding, polishing and sandblasting. His work is represented in major public collections in the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan.