Most Recent Developments in Kiln-fired Glass ...
The vast wealth of glass suitable for fusing makes for exciting developments. The subtle use of dichroic and irridescent glass, paired with the rich palette of beautiful colours and tints available in opaque and transparent sheets, gives opportunity for pieces reflecting the softest watercolour and most vibrant oil painting.
LARGE FUSED GLASS PANELS:
I have long wanted to make glass pieces for the garden and have at last produced my first glass table top. The bright spring and influence of the Moorcroft table top at the Chelsea Flower Show resulted in the Rose Table Top. 70cm in diameter and more than 6mm thick, the flowers and leaves are created petal by petal and full fused into the surface. The piece is then edged with a rubber binding which aids its adhesion to the wicker table. Particularly stunning is the central burgundy cabbage rose composed of multiple petals of iridescent plum coloured glass.
Glass for your own garden furniture and interior design needs is available to commission up to a maximum size for one piece of 96 x 74cm.
DROP-OUT VASES & BOWLS:
The free- fall vases, sometimes known as “drop-out” technique continue to be popular. The process for making these is complex involving making a flat blank by fusing a solid block up to 14mm thick; this is then fired to slump over a doughnut shaped ring, the glass stretching through the hole as it becomes molten and syrup like. Firing schedules and stopping the heat at the desired level are crucial and affected by colour, hardness and transparency. However the resulting pieces have subtlety and elegance and enable me to cut and grind and hand finish them totally individually. Combined in groups they set up their own dialogues of shape and space. Most of my present work uses a cream opaque glass base as this produces such beautiful shades and also reacts with copper in green and turquoise decoration producing tan halos.