Knitted Glass by Carol Milne

Artist Carol Milne developed a technique to allow her to do what seems like the impossible – knit with glass. Carol is the lone pioneer in the field of knitted glass and came up with the idea as a way to combine her two passions of creating glass art and knitting.

Knitting with Needles

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The first step in creating one of these Objet d’Art is to create the knitted glass out of wax and then encase it in a mould.

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The wax is then melted away to create a cavity which is then filled with liquid glass at a temperature of 1400 to 1600 degrees.

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This technique is called lost wax casting.

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Once the knitted glass piece is cured Carol then delicately chips away at the mould to reveal her beautiful creations.

Knit Knots

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Carol’s Knit Knots are a continuation of her Knitting with Needles experiments. This knitted glass series presents the knitting in a tighter knot formation.

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The finished Knit Knots are denser in appearance, focussing less on the negative/positive space interactions and more on the textures created by the tightly knit glass.

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Aside from having a tighter knit, the Knit Knots also feature more patterns and colours within each piece.

Hands Knitting Themselves

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Taking the story of knitted glass one step further is the Hands Knitting Themselves series. These pieces are less fluid as though living in an inward world all to themselves.

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Carol is the lone pioneer in the field of knitted glass. Pushing the limits of her material through persistent and relentless experimentation.

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Carol Milne

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“I began my Interior Design career apprenticing with an architectural/engineering firm in Vancouver. I have my Associate of Interior Design from Douglas College; I spent an additional 3 years night school at BCIT studying building technology and 3 years night school at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. This combination of training gives me an all round approach to design from technical to creative and it is that all round approach that makes my design capabilities stand out.