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Published August 7, 2022

Encasing Materials in Molten Glass: Lara Saget’s Studio Spotlight

By Kate Parvenski

Kate is the Content Lead for Testudo and a Brooklyn-based multimedia producer with a passion for art and storytelling. Her work focuses on documenting and showcasing artists working across a variety of mediums.

Testudo recently spent an afternoon with Lara Saget at her Gowanus studio and nearby Brooklyn Glass. Watch to see Lara and her collaborator Josh Raiffe create an artwork by pouring molten glass over a mold of Tuckahoe marble.

Lara Saget is a New York based artist who works with glass, bronze, stone, and organic matter. She likens her practice to the explorations of a scientist – testing the reactions of different materials to a range of circumstances. What happens when you pour molten glass over marble? How does that reaction of temperatures impact both materials? Encasing found matter like sealife or marble in glass, Lara explores the range of patterns and reactions that emerge over time.

For many works, Lara utilizes her own personal supply of Tuckahoe marble, a building material that gained popularity in the 1800s. Used in well-known public buildings like the Washington Monument, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York’s Federal Hall, and more, today the story of this historic Tuckahoe Marble is largely lost.

Lara Saget in process with Josh Raiffe at Brooklyn Glass, photo courtesy the artist.
Lara Saget & Josh Raiffe in process at Brooklyn Glass, photo courtesy the artist.

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