Glass has allowed me the opportunity not only to build beautiful things but also occasionally to play with the illusion of creating a glimpse into another world. I was trying to do just that as I developed this framed mirror (inspired by Lewis Carroll’s story of Alice), which is named after Alice’s line to her cat “Let’s pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze …”
The choice of a mirror seemed obvious for a piece inspired by Lewis Carroll; however, I wasn’t sure how to frame it. I played with the idea of a simple rectangle, but eventually decided on a looser whimsical shape, more in keeping with the story, even though cutting it would be a challenge.
For the border of the mirror I also wanted to allude to the fact that Alice’s adventure, which takes her through a series of forests separated by steams, is supposed to be on a chessboard. To evoke this board, I made blue and green speckled glass (by using small pieces of green glass and blue stringers, which I pulled with a blow torch to represent the water) and juxtaposed this glass with spring green pieces to create a checkerboard pattern.
I then edged the frame in turquoise so that gold letters would stand out. Written around the turquoise edge in gold are the following series of quotes from the story:
“Let’s pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through…’
“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves…Beware the Jabberwock”
“…one can’t believe impossible things…Queen Alice”
Then to finish the mirror, I drew the Cheshire cat sitting in a tree branch and sand-blasted this image into the mirror leaving only his smile!