Glassy Ice Sculptures

This activity is inspired by the work of Royal Society of Sculptors Fellows Peter Newsome and Johannes von Stumm.

Glass is a technically challenging but alluring material for sculptors. The transparency and fragility of glass provides many possibilities for the exploration of light, colour, space and solidity.

This resource shows you how to create glassy ice sculptures at home using a freezer, plastic containers and found materials. By adding dyes or submerging found objects into plastic moulds filled with water, it is possible to explore colour and transparency in a myriad of ways.

Once the ice sculptures are taken out of the freezer, try playing with the ice sculptures under different lights and in various arrangements as they begin to melt and transform.

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