“I like the sport of glassblowing as much as the art of glassblowing,” says Diane. “There is a challenge to it. There is risk. Things can go wrong. Everything needs to happen together and everyone needs to work as a team.”
This challenging aspect of glassblowing is fully evident in Hansen’s Venus series, a series of large vases featuring the image of Botticelli’s Venus. The image is first silkscreened onto decal paper, then transferred onto glass using a grall technique. The glass is then reheated to 1100 degrees and finally, using an incalmo process, it is sandwiched between additional glass layers.
Hansen was drawn to this combination of technicality and classical forms, and chose Venus because of that. “She is the classic symbol of beauty and this iteration is so well balanced. As an image, it was a joy to work with.”
Diane comments, “I love challenging projects. Sweat engages me. I like a project that requires my total focus and close attention to thermal boundaries.”