Products can serve as symbols of an upwardly mobile rise in lifestyle. The contemporary user is more design literate and has more disposable income - a fertile combination for design acceptance. The atmosphere for design is created by repeated interplay not only between the designer and the production techniques, but also between the object itself and the constants of popular culture and the market place‐ i.e. the climate of consumption.
In everyday life, human beings need and use a variety of objects. These objects, their useful properties, and the way we use them, all in turn affects our daily life. In course of time, however, changes occur in the significance of objects, the role they play in our daily lives, their appearance, the way they are produced, distributed and used.
Glass is something that we use every day. It has added beauty to our lives by way of products, show pieces, sculptures and many more items. It is non‐ porous, non‐ absorptive and impervious to harsh elements. It is a transparent material that is got by melting a mixture of sand, sodium carbonate and calcium carbonate at a high temperature followed by cooling. Glass can be transparent, translucent, or opaque. It results in amazing play of light due to its reflective and refractive properties. It is very hard and resistant to surface scratches.
Since various techniques are used to create glass products; most of these require lot of skill which makes making of glass products more of an art.
Hence the project, 'Products in Glass' was undertaken as an attempt to discover beauty, distinction and harmony in glass work along with sharing the fascination of the glass as a material.
The objective of the project was:
• To explore formal possibilities in glass, within the scope and limitations of the material and infrastructure available locally, and to develop the explored possibility into products.
• To explore various qualities like transparency, translucency, play of light, colour, texture, etc. to create a delightful experience. And,
• To create forms for multiplicity of production, every piece is similar yet different, thus reducing complexities in production.
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• Products in Glass - An Exploration - Pdf