The medium I work in is kiln-formed glass or glass which has been formed by fusing it in a kiln. Fused Glass Table art can be displayed and also used as a functional dish or platter. All my glass is food safe. Wall art is designed to be a panel, a triptych, or sculpture which hangs on the wall. A vase or vessel is functional as well as a piece of art.

I design and fuse a thick panel of glass which is then heated and rolled in to a cylinder. It is then blown into the desired shape. I also design and make fused glass mosaics art. Vessels and vases that are fused and then blown are so uniquely beautiful. The effect is the result of both fusing in a kiln and then by blowing the glass.

I hand-cut all the glass from sheets of transparent or opaque glass. These are cut to the size that the finished piece will be. The glass is stacked 2 or more layers thick form a pattern. A design layer is added to the top using cut glass, ground glass (frit) which I can make into a paint, stringers, and copper inclusions just to name a few. I often design “a pattern bar” which can be incorporated into the piece. These are designed and fired separately by me and are then sawn up on a water saw.

The glass must be annealed and then cooled very slowly to room temperature. It’s really hard to not open the kiln to peek, but doing so could shatter the piece. Each fusing (often several fusings for each piece) will take anywhere from 14 to 30 hours depending on the size and thickness.  I often fuse the same piece several times adding new designs or dimensions and re-firing until I like it. Patience, patience, patience…

If the piece is to be formed into a shape it is placed into or over a mold made of ceramic or stainless steel, then kiln fired again.

I feel amazement and awe every single time I open the kiln.

I have a crayon colored cartoon that my daughter did. It’s above my work station. A frog is in the mouth of a crane and he’s about to be swallowed (you’ve probably seen it). The frog has its front legs wrapped around the cranes neck squeezing his neck so the crane can’t swallow him. The title is “never give up”…so if my work is not what I envisioned I keep working on it until I’m happy with it.

I LOVE this medium…it’s so much fun!Logo_3

 

 

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