Paul Reamey Portfolio
Glass Horn Gramophone 6-9
Spring Chandelier 10-13
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Salvaged Rosewood Camera Grip 14-17
Glass Work 18-21
Glass Horn Gramophone Work Completed January 2013 Materials: Glass, Copper, Redwood Modernized gramophone that passively boosts sound from both an iPhone 4 and a Samsung Galaxy S3.
Objective The goal of this project was to build a device to increase the sound volume produced by phone speakers. It had to accommodate a Samsung Galaxy S3 and an iPhone 4.
In researching the correct horn shape I found that a horn does not amplify sound but simply matches the impedance of the speaker to that of the air. The device therefore did not need a power source or additional speakers, just a path for the sound and a widening cone. I shaped a glass horn to match that of an old gramophone and focused on mounting the horn to optimize sound direction and quality.
I used redwood for the support pieces and selected copper piping to both carry the sound and complement the copper-blue pigment of the glass. I also created interchangeable docks for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4. The Gramophone performed exceptionally well, filling the room with sound when the phone is set to 3/4 maximum volume.
Idea I wanted to create a modern version of a traditional gramophone using glass. Glass provided a perfect medium to get the shape, size, and unique look I desired.
Spring Chandelier Work Completed February 2012 Chandelier of Spring-inspired glasswork for AQ Restaurant and Bar in San Francisco. The restaurant is seasonally themed and the chandelier was the centerpiece in the main dining area for the Spring period. I completed the work in collaboration with fellow glass blower Gregor Horstmeyer.
Initial Shape Technique: The first strategy of cutting an opening in the tip produced thick, heavy pieces with undesirable bell shapes.
Objective The owner of AQ requested 12 different pieces, each light in color and weight. The shade and shape of each piece was to be unique to give the overall fixture an organic feel and compliment the vernal decor of the restaurant. Each piece needed to be open on both ends to allow for the fixture installation, which was a unique challenge.
Ideas and Process First Attempt: We tested two
strategies, one to apply color and one to shape the glass. Neither one gave us the desired look so we refined the process.
Spring themed glassware at AQ , March 2012
and flipping the connection point, we were able to get the curves and thickness we wanted.
Product The final piece hung over the main dining area at AQ, the metal work and fixture installation having been completed by a third party. The glass shapes and colors successfully contributed the vernal theme of the existing decor and were featured in a piece by SFgate.
Refined Process: By altering both
strategies we were able to achieve the desired flower bud shape and translucent coloring.
Flowers in entrance archway, chandelier in rear. March 2012
Finished pieces before installation. Feb 2012
Initial Color Technique: Rolling a piece of dense color over a clear bubble of glass gave us a layer of color that was too thick and dark.
Final Shape Technique: Shaping a neck
Final Color Technique: Using a collar to pick up a small slice of color and blowing a bubble directly into the slice gave the glass a light, even hue. AQ Dining area. March 2012
Main Chandelier. March 2012
Salvaged Rosewood Camera Grip Work Completed August 2013 Material: Rosewood Camera grip produced on the road through Cambodia and Laos. It was constructed with local materials and help from people along the way.
The camera was built to be very small with a low profile. This was aesthetically pleasing but made the camera uncomfortable to handle and difficult to use with one hand. I decided to build a grip to improve the overall shape and usability.
I started with a salvaged piece of rosewood and with tools from a local youth hostel. I worked on the grip whenever I stopped and could find the tools I needed. My primary focuses were matching the wood to the curve of the camera and carving grooves to correspond to my finger position.
The finished grip was curved on the edges to match my finger placement underneath and along the inside edge. It extended slightly off the side of the camera to provide more contact for the gripping hand. The grip made the camera more secure and comfortable to hold. All Photos taken from July-August 2013
Kong Lor Village
Pakse On stops in different cities I shaped and tested the grip.
Idea I decided on a grip shape to help with the ergonomics of the camera. Rosewood was locally abundant and prized for itâ€™s use in carvings so I selected it as the medium for my grip. It is an especially hard and durable wood and it gave the camera an interesting texture and feel.
Glass Work All Pieces Completed from 2009-2013 I have been blowing glass since high school and it remains one of my favorite creative outlets. This is a sample of my best work.
Patterning and Shapes
Wraps and Other Techniques
Creating new forms and patterns provides an unending challenge of problem solving and process strategy. Learning and perfecting those different methods is what has kept me interested in glass blowing. These are some examples of the different shape and pattern styles I have experimented with.
Glass color can be applied and manipulated in a huge variety of ways. Playing with those different techniques and color combinations, even in very simple ways, can produce some beautiful results. These pieces represent some of my color experimentation.
Cane and Murini: rods and slivers of patterned glass color. This orientation was used to create the piece pictured to the right.
Stringer Technique (above): Stringers are thin strands of room temperature glass that can be picked up and melted into a larger piece. 2011
Wrapping colored glass around a clear bubble. Technique used on pieces pictured to the right. 2007-2008