Stephanie Trenchard

Stephanie Trenchard’s sculptures are like still-life’s cast in solid glass. First she sculpts objects and figures in glass. Then she begins the casting by making an impression in sand, applying patterns with glass powders, and then pouring molten glass (at temperatures above 2,000 oF) to fill the impression halfway.  In the next step, she sets the glass object in the molten glass and paints in additional details. To create the details she uses Paradise paints, glass powders, and frits, achieving a luminosity rivaling any oil paint. She then pours in more glass to fill the impression and encase the object.  The whole process of pouring and assembling the casting must be accomplished very quickly, and then each piece is cooled slowly in a temperature controlled kiln for a period of days.

Trenchard’s pieces ingeniously straddle the line between painting and sculpture. Her background as a painter and textile designer is demonstrated by her use of lively brushstrokes and a variety of patterns, elements she uses to bring her narrative themes to life.  Her work is very sculptural and is often an assemblage of individual block-like sections, each conveying part of the scene, which are stacked to complete the final form.

Stephanie Trenchard along with Jeremy Popelka and Chelsea Littman, create a sand cast sculpture with an inclusion portrait of WPA artist Jessie Kalmbach Chase.

Artist Stephanie Trenchard sits down with the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass to talk about her work in figurative glass and enamels.

Take a quick tour of Stephanie Trenchard’s studio in Sturgeon Bay, WI.