After a particularly vivid dream several years ago, Joy Lait, a longtime glass flameworker, began working on a series of glass and stainless steel wire sculptures. The dream included color and swirling forms. Joy, as is her habit, woke up and drew something on the pad next to the bed. The next morning it was, “What the *&#%#$^#( is that.” After six months of experimentation, the work started to happen. With time, the work evolved to where it is today.

Her series is called “Chaos” brings a lightness and energy to her creations. She often describes the series as her brain in motion. She enjoys watching the smiles on the viewers’ faces as they are drawn closer to the sculpture and then try to resist touching it. Her work is created with that in mind. The glass draws in the viewer and makes them want to touch as the bouncing wires make the glass dance. And she encourages the interaction.

To create these sculptures, glass is flameworked onto stainless steel wire.  The beads vary in shape and size. After annealing the glass and cleaning the wire, each wire is wound. These undulating wires are then soldered at strategic points to become a sculpture.

         These creations are hung on the wall.  This series is created in two sizes from 36 inch or 18 inch stainless steel wires. The large pieces are approximately 24 inches in diameter and the smaller pieces are about 16 inches in diameter.  These pieces can be made in many and varying color upon request.