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Sophia in Her Wisdom: An Orange Spiral of Light

Sophia Spiral in a Blaze of Orange by Wayne Stratz.
Sophia Spiral in a Blaze of Orange by Wayne Stratz. Stained glass, 7 inches. ©2015

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.

Orange Sunflower Mandala by Margaret Almon.
Orange Sunflower Mandala by Margaret Almon. Glass and gold smalti mosaic on slate, 7 inches, ©2015.

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Volutes: Awesome Spiral Scrolls

Gourd Tendril
Gourd Tendrils by Lynn Lunger of UnaOdd
Woodland Snail Shells #snail #spiral #shell #volute
Woodland Snail Shells by Lynn Lunger of UnaOdd

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.

Volutes
Volutes via Tagote on Flicker

Not to mention the ironwork volutes I saw attached to Violin in the Sky, and the scroll that crowns the violin itself.

What are your favorite volutes?

 

Mosaic Gazing Ball Detail
Mosaic Gazing Ball by Margaret Almon

Related Post:

Franklin Gottshall, Swirls and Volutes

Sophia Spiral by Wayne Stratz
Sophia Spiral by Wayne Stratz

 

More photos on my Volutes Pinterest Board.

Over at Stratoz:

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