Cindy Durant spent her first twenty-two years in California. She now lives in Penong; on the far west coast of South Australia. After working in many fields including woodworking, yacht work, sewing, and many years of cooking, Cindy developed a great love for glass in the mid 80’s. From there Cindy has taken the occasional workshop but has mainly taught herself through trial and error. She now sells her unique kiln formed and lamp worked glass work throughout Australia. Many of her design inspirations come from her great love of the sea and the land.
Cindy lives on a large property near the coast at Cactus beach. The property is completely run on solar and wind power. She has 5 kilns, three gas fired for her larger pieces and two electric which she uses for her Precious Metal Clay jewellery and glass bead making. The specialty coloured glasses come from America, Germany and Italy. She also uses clear window glass for sinks, table tops and tableware. These are textured and often fired with lustres.
Cindy uses many methods to produce her glass work. Each piece she works on individually to create the designs she wants. Pieces are fired in the kilns between one and four times to temperatures up to 950 degrees Celsius. Each firing takes about 10-12 hours and sometimes as much as one week. Cindy uses no paints on her coloured pieces; all of the colour comes from powdered glasses she applies in many layers and very thickly to a clear or coloured glass base. These powders give the work a painted like quality. She has developed this technique herself because of the desire to express the colours of the sea, land and sky.
Cindy uses kiln forming, lampworking and casting to create her pieces. Works are assembled and fired to fuse, sometimes several times. If shaping is desired it is done in a separate firing into molds and at a lower temperature. Casting is basically the melting of glass into plaster molds to make sculptural forms. Lamp working is done over a propane/oxygen torch; glass rods are heated to a toffee like texture and sculpted into beads, etc. These are incorporated into jewellery or other elements often including Precious Metal Clay fine silver. Combining these techniques makes for unlimited design possibilities. Cindy is also conducting workshops in PMC and glass.
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