FUSED GLASS ART
My fused glass artwork, glass wall art and panels are made from a number of individual pieces of Spectrum 96 Art Glass.
I start with a pencil, working on a square dot grid.
I'll roughtly sketch out a number of ideas until I feel the balance of shapes is right.
When I'm happy with the pencil sketch, I redraw it in Adobe Illustrator, or Affinity Designer. I'll spend a long time perfecting it here, to ensure the design is exactly as I imagine ... and also that it will be physically possible to cut it in glass by hand.
The pieces of the pattern are each cut in glass by hand from larger sheets of art glass.
Each piece is ground, until they all fit perfectly together - like a jigsaw!
The pieces are then placed in a specialised glass kiln, with a clear layer of glass on top. They are fused at around 800ºC to create a single 6mm thick piece of flat glass. This takes about 16 hours.
This flat piece is then burnished with polishing pads, and I may add stringers - thin strips of glass that sit on the surface to add another layer of depth and interest. Again it’s kiln-fused overnight for a fire polish.
If the piece is to be curved, to achieve the final shape the flat piece is slumped over a curved ceramic mould at a slightly lower temperature than regular firing.
At each firing stage, the glass is annealed and cooled overnight for maximum strength and durability to give the perfect finished piece.
While the production process is painstaking and lengthy, it's the only way to get the wonderful finished look of glass art.