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Fusing Glass in a Kiln
This summer I visited my artist friend, Deb Kirk, [Deb was on our Tour for many years] who moved to Prince Edward County. While there we went to several glass and pottery studios. Of course, I had to buy some glass art for myself! One of the pieces really intrigued me – it had bubbles created by adding a metallic oxide between the two clear glass pieces.
So I wanted to do this technique for myself. Here’s the process I go through in making a glass plate, first cutting the glass. (This also gives you a small glance into my studio.)
After I’ve cut the various pieces, I added the powdered metallic oxides to two pieces of clear glass – in this case, both copper and cobalt. Whenever handling powdered chemicals or glass, one needs to wear a respirator for safety.
Then the first firing. WOW! I love the bubbles it created!
For the second firing I put the clear glass piece onto a white glass base and put it into the kiln.
The final firing will be to slump the piece into a plate with the edges curled up.
Come to the studio tour to see the final result!
Lis is at Studio #13 Sandra Cole Burke's Studio location