Architecture is one of my interests which has had a major influence on my work. Though I had at one time considered becoming an architect, I enjoy glass as a medium and have directed my architectural energies into my glass works.”
George’s current style of work, “Art-tec-tectural”, originated with containers that were a reaction to the stained glass box. These containers were art deco influenced, free of lead, and composed of fabricated glass parts that were glued together. A piece is typically designed hands-on, using an inventory of glass parts instead of drawings. These parts consist of rods and bottles from Italy, textured glass from Argentina and France, structural glass from Czechoslovakia, Pyrex rods and tubes from Corning, wire safety glass, black glass, vaccine bottles, antique glass insulators, drinking glasses from West Virginia, and marbles. The glass is either cut on a saw or with a carbide glasscutter. Then the parts are ground on a diamond impregnated grinding wheel or on discs of varying grit. The etched patterns are sandblasted. The parts are then glued with ultraviolet sensitive glue or with a silicone adhesive, completing the piece.
George Ponzini presently lives and works in Keene N.H. He has been working in his current style since the mid 1980’s. Originally working in stained glass since 1974, Ponzini’s subsequent studio visits, attendance in workshops, and travels that span 20 years, continue to fuel the exploration of his current innovative technique and style. His other architectural projects include the design and building of a post and beam salt-box style house, a barn-like studio, a 1,000 sq. ft. contemporary house-studio combination, and his current project; renovation of a 1926 Dutch Colonial house and conversion of the attached floral shop into his studio.