Each piece is unique, enticing the viewer to look inside the glass to interpret shapes, images and forms that seem to change with the light and angle of vision. To achieve interesting optical interplays of color and reflection, Schuster combines transparent and translucent glass with clear crystal.
Using traditional glassblowing methods that are thousands of years old, he creates each piece at the end of a metal blowpipe, working the glass at temperatures in excess of 2000 degrees F.
For his interior elements, he uses a variety of colored enamels (like those used in cloisonne) and precious metals, in combination with bits of crushed glass. These elements fuse and melt together as they touch the hot glass, creating internal texture and luster.
He combines color and form to create a complete visual statement, combining primary and pastel colors that create an interaction with light. He achieves his distinctive colors using various formulations of metallic oxides such as gold, cobalt and others, blended into the molten glass.
Schuster's designs reveal a fascination with the optical properties of glass. Some pieces present intriguing visual distortions when viewed from different angles. When completed, each piece is signed with the initials of the studio (SGS) and dated.
Schuster earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Indiana University and is essentially self taught in the use of glass as an artistic medium. He began working with stained glass in 1972, then switched to hot glass a decade later.
His works have been exhibited at galleries and juried exhibitions throughout the United States.
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