Sheets of stained glass migrate back and forth between my studio and Stratoz’s studio. He had a commission for a larger version of his Sophia Spiral, and needed something special for the center. I had some Oceana glass that I used in an Orange Sunflower mandala, with beautiful mottles of yellow and orange. Holding the glass up to the light revealed the yellow like portholes of light.
Lynn of UnaOdd posted this photo of gourd tendrils, and I was happy to introduce her the wonderful word volute which happens to be one of my favorite forms. I first found the name for the swirls I gravitate toward in a book by Franklin Gottshall, Design for the Craftsman, and in my craft geekiness was giddy to know this shape has a name. It’s from the Latin voluta, meaning spiral scroll. I am enjoying Lynn’s Woodland Snail shell volutes now.
Not to mention the ironwork volutes I saw attached to Violin in the Sky, and the scroll that crowns the violin itself.