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December 10, 2018

Susie Wolff: Portrait of a Racing Driver — Angela Palmer


Unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery this past September, this striking work by Scottish sculptor Angela Palmer recreates in crystal glass one of the customized racing helmets worn by Susie Wolff (below) during her career in Formula 1.

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From the Edinburgh Reporter


Formula 1 race helmets are tailor made to exacting design specifications to provide maximum physical protection for individual drivers.

To create the portrait, Angela Palmer worked with a team of master glass blowers in Stourbridge near Birmingham (a world-famous center for glass manufacturing), who made a mold of Wolff's helmet in brass.

Molten lead crystal glass, at a temperature of 1400°C, was then mouth-blown into the mold, forcing the crystal into every detailed crevice.

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