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Toland Sand Glass Studio


 glass sculpture

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Toland Sand Glass Studio


 glass sculpture

                                 Toland Sand

Moving Sale


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Moving Sale


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Sculptures


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Sculptures


Available

Available in galleries

View Pieces that are currently available in specific galleries.

Recent

From the last few years

This is a presentation of recent pieces that are currently in private collections.

Evolution

Through the years

Toland's style has constantly evolved over the last 45 years as a glass sculptor.

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The Process


Numerous cycles of cutting, grinding,  polishing, and gluing are required to produce the magnificent celebrations of light. A typical sculpture takes 6 to 8 weeks from inception to completion.

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The Process


Numerous cycles of cutting, grinding,  polishing, and gluing are required to produce the magnificent celebrations of light. A typical sculpture takes 6 to 8 weeks from inception to completion.

The cold glass working process

As opposed to the glass blowing or hot worked glass process, Toland constructs his sculptures using a process that doesn't use heat to melt the glass. Instead the process starts with large ingots or plate glass which is cut, polished and glued together.

Glue

Glue

Optical glues are used to assemble the sculptures. These glues are cured with Ultra Violet light and are resistant to aging under sunlight. A vacuum pump is used to eliminate bubbles from the highly viscous glue after it is mixed. Dyes can be used to provide another element of color to an interface.

Cut

A water cooled masonry saw with a diamond coated blade is used to cut the glass . Pieces are placed on hard foam to secure them. 

Polish

A variety of wet grinding wheels are used with progressively finer finishes and grits in order to smooth the rough cut of the saw. The final step is to encase the pieces in plaster to keep them flat while they are polished on a rociprolap. All of the edge beveling as well as curved surfaces are ground and polished by hand.