EB: How did you develop your working relationship with the artisans for the borosilicate pieces?
VCS: It evolved in an interesting way. The first time I went there I brought with me very rough sketches as if they were purposefully not finished because I wanted to learn more. I went to the studio and got an understanding of their craft and process. Then I went home and redesigned everything based on what I saw. This is normally how I work because I think it makes sense to start from a common ground and only then you slowly start to push, change, alter, and deform what is existing. The very first time we started working together they were very silent and serious. These artisans are a family of a mother, father, and son that all work together. During my first visit, the son looked at my drawings and thought I was crazy! Now he is the one that is in charge of the most complex forms because he really loves to do it.
Normally I work with a one-to-one scale hand drawing. Once I’m at the studio, there is always change from the paper to the glass. Even if my drawings are pretty accurate, I have to take into consideration the thickness of the material, which may change as the glass gets worked. It could also be something I want to change in the moment. This is possible because they trust me and they let me be there when they work, which is something that wasn't always the case. Now, they let me stay there to play around with them. It's always very joyful to be there with them.