Ron LohrdingDichroic Glass Art
Ron Lohrding is a retired Scientist with a PhD in Mathematics. He grew up on a remote ranch in Kansas, where he learned the value of hard work, faith, and honesty. As an engaged Christian in a Christian family, Ron wanted to fully commit himself to the Lord upon his retirement from business.
"Our first 10 years of 'retirement' was as missionaries to Guatemala. Now my wife and I serve the homeless and a soup kitchen. I chose a form of art as my new passion, where I can illustrate God's divine order in creation."
With Ron's scientific background, the properties of dichroic glass sparked both his curiosity and further study. The color variations based on the angle of viewing intrigued Don. More to the point, Don wanted to incorporate God's divine order into his art work. In God's natural world, there is a 'Golden Ratio' of dimensions that is compatible with creation. For example, one length will lead to the next length consistent with the Golden Ratio. This can be seen consistently in things like the pattern of bones in our fingers, etc. The golden ratio (sometimes called the Devine or natural ratio) was used a great deal in the art works of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Don's dichroic glass art is in the form of crosses and pendants incorporating the Golden Ratio, and with the light refraction that makes his art pieces dazzling to the eye.
Dichroic glass is a space-age composite produced by stacking micro layers of rare earths, metals and oxides on top of non-translucent glass. This gives the glass an array of shifting colors depending on the angle of view. The dichroic glass is then fused with other types of glass in a very high temperature kiln.