Cased Glass Sculpture ‘Life Cycle 17’ by Steve Frey Glass


Continuous Cycle


L: 17.5cm x H: 16cm
6 kg

Cased Glass Sculpture ‘Life Cycle 17’ by Steve Frey Glass

This cased glass sculpture is a fine allegorical piece of cold-worked art glass. It encapsulates that moment just before life is about to burst out.

The kind of life about to erupt is down to one’s own personal interpretation of the work.

What can be said with some surety is that Steve Frey’s work is inspired by evolution and the continuous life cycle that continues through the aeons, generation after generation.

The clear glass crystal has been finely frosted on the side lobes to add intrigue to the depths of this evocative glass sculpture.

Click on Steve’s name below to see the rest of the pieces available from the ‘Life Cycle’ series.

Cased Glass Sculpture Artist

Steve Frey glass artist hails from George, in South Africa, but now lives in the south west UK.

His illustrious glass career began at age 16 with a career at Dartington Crystal in Torrington, UK. Starting in 1976, he learned the trade and became proficient in cold-working glass. In total, he served 18 years at the Dartington Glassworks, equipping himself with every technique a master glassmaker needs to go out on their own.

After leaving Dartington, Steve worked self-employed, mainly for other artists, but yearned to sculpt his own cold glass work.

In 2004, Steve set up his own cold glass workshop, where he was able to explore the love of glass he forged at Dartington with complete artistic freedom. He also offered a finishing service for his fellow artists.

Steve has exhibited widely in exhibitions and galleries in the UK and Europe. His glass sculptures have been showcased at the British Glass Biennale, the Royal College of Arts, and Somerset Art Week in the UK, as well as in the Netherlands, Frauenau, Germany, and Burgdorf, Switzerland.

Steve Frey Glass Artist Statement

My work is inspired by human evolution, and our life cycle.

The continuous cutting, which has no beginning and no end, reflects our life cycle, whereby our basic makeup is inherited and passed on through generations. These traits can be recognised generations apart, and are reflected in my sculptures.

I conjure images inspired by femininity, masculinity, and natural symmetry, and refine the ideas before ‘going to the wheel’.

The simple forms are my canvas, on which I carve to maximum effect, creating optical mystery and thought-provoking visions. Each piece is unique, yet they are all connected.

Weight 6 kg
Dimensions 17.5 × 16 cm


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